ELIOT, Edward (?1684-1722), of Port Eliot, nr. St. Germans, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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4 Dec. 1705 - 1715
26 Nov. 1718 - 11 June 1720
12 Apr. - 18 Sept. 1722

Family and Education

b. ?1684, 1st s. of William Eliot, R.N., of Cuddenbeak, Cornw. by Anne, da. of Lawrence Williams of Ireland; bro. of Richard Eliot. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 9 Mar. 1703, aged 18. m. (1) Susan (bur. 4 Jan. 1714), da. of Sir William Coryton, 3rd Bt., M.P. of Newton Ferrers, Cornw., sis. of Sir John Coryton, 4th Bt., 1s. 1da.; (2) Apr. 1718, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of James Craggs, postmaster-gen., sis. and coh. of James Craggs. suc. cos. Daniel Eliot, M.P., at Port Eliot 1702.

Offices Held

Receiver gen. of duchy of Cornwall Mar. 1715-20; commr. of victualling 1718-20, of excise June 1720-Apr. 1722.


Descended from the great Sir John Eliot, Eliot succeeded a cousin to an estate carrying control of two seats at St. Germans, which he represented as a Tory under Queen Anne. In 1715 he did not stand but brought in government supporters for St. Germans, in return for which he was appointed receiver-general of the duchy of Cornwall.1 Marrying the sister of James Craggs, he was returned in 1718 for Lostwithiel by the Government, with whom he voted on the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts and the peerage bill in 1719. He vacated his seat a year later on being appointed to a place, which he resigned in 1722 in favour of his brother Richard in order to be chosen for Liskeard, where he had established a controlling interest. He died five months later, 18 Sept. 1722.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. W. Moyle to Humphry Morice, 26 Mar. 1715, Morice mss at Bank of England.