BUCK, John (1703-45), of Bideford, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 3 Apr. 1745

Family and Education

bap. 30 Dec. 1703, 3rd s. of George Buck of Bideford by Sarah, da. and eventually h. of Lewis Stucley of Aston, Devon, chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. m. (1) 19 Sept. 1729, Judith (d. 24 Oct. 1739), da. and h. of William Pawley, merchant, of Bideford, 3s.; (2) lic. 15 Aug. 1741, Grace, da. and h. of Roger Melhuish, wid. of one Benson, s.p.

Offices Held


Buck’s father, a considerable tobacco merchant in Bideford, trading with Virginia and Maryland, where he owned considerable plantations, was a justice of the peace from 1717 until his death in 1743.1 Himself also a tobacco merchant and a shipowner,2 Buck was returned for Taunton as an opposition Whig in 1741, voting against the Administration on the election of the chairman of the committee of elections in that year and against the Hanoverians in 1742. Absent from the division on the Hanoverians in 1744, he died 3 Apr. 1745.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. J. Watkins, Hist. Bideford (1792), pp. 66, 87; Archives of Maryland, xxv. 595; William and Mary Quarterly (ser. 3), xvi. 49.
  • 2. PCC 131 Seymer.