b. 12 July 1793, 1st s. of (Sir) Thomas Jones (1st Bt.). educ. at Mr Lloyd’s sch. Peterley House, Missenden 1802-4; Eton 1805-8; Christ Church, Oxf. 1811; continental tour. m. 13 June 1821, Elizabeth Walwyn, da. of John Macnamara, merchant, of St. Kitts, 4s. 3da. suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 24 Nov. 1811.
Sheriff, Salop 1816-17.
Capt. S. Salop militia 1809.
Unlike his father, Jones did not attempt to cut a figure on the public stage, though as an Eton schoolboy he showed a dutiful enthusiasm for his father’s exploits at Shrewsbury elections. In 1818 he was returned for Bridgnorth, the borough nearest his residence, at the instigation of Isaac Hawkins Browne, a former Member whose recommendation brought him in without opposition.1 On 30 Mar. 1819 he took a month’s leave of absence. He retired in 1820, rather than face a contest, after giving a silent support to government, to judge by his voting with them against Tierney’s censure motion, 18 May 1819, and for the foreign enlistment bill, 10 June. Henceforth he devoted himself to the life of a benevolent country gentleman, rebuilding Stanley Hall ‘in the Tudor style’ and ‘anxious after the sports of the field’. In 1827 his left eye was perforated by the rebound from an ash tree of his companion’s shot; brain damage and mental aberration ensued. He died 5 Oct. 1839, ‘a man of keen discernment and accurate knowledge of the world at large; being well read in the history of his country, he highly reverenced the constitutional government of these realms’.2
Ref Volumes: 1790-1820
Author: R.G. Thorne
Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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