BANKS, Jacob (1704-38), of Milton Abbas, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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9 Apr. 1726 - 1727
1734 - 18 Feb. 1738

Family and Education

b. 27 Feb. 1704,1 2nd s. of Sir Jacob Bancks (or Banks), M.P., of Milton Abbas by Mary, 1st and o. surv. da. and h. of John Tregonwell, M.P., of Milton Abbas wid. of Francis Luttrell, M.P., of Dunster Castle, Som. unm. suc. e. bro. John 1725.

Offices Held


Jacob Banks’s father, who died in December 1724, was a naval officer of Swedish birth and Tory M.P. for Minehead under Queen Anne. Inheriting the manor of Christchurch from his brother,2 he was returned there at a by-election in 1726, presumably as a Tory, but lost his seat at the general election of 1727, his repeated petitions making no progress. In 1734 ‘he suffered himself to be courted and chosen by a mercenary and ungrateful borough’,3 Shaftesbury, which he represented till his death on 18 Feb. 1738. No vote of his has been recorded.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Hutchins, Dorset, i. 161; iv. 385.
  • 2. VCH Hants, v. 94-95.
  • 3. London Mag. 1738, p. 219.