Francis Fane of Brympton

Francis Fane KC (c.1698 28 May 1757) of Brympton, nr. Yeovil, Somerset, and later Wormsley, Oxfordshire was a commissioner for trade and the Plantations, and a British Member of Parliament.[1]

Early life

Francis Fane was educated at King's College, Cambridge, he graduated in 1715, attended the Middle Temple, and was called to the bar in 1721.[2] As the eldest son he succeed to the estate of his father, Henry Fane, in 1726. The next year he became a King's Counsellor and a Middle Temple bencher.[1]

Later life

Fane was appointed standing council to the Board of Trade and Plantations in 1725, a position he held until 1746.[1] He sat in several parliaments for more than one constituency. He represented Taunton in Somersetshire in his first parliament, that which first sat for on business, 27 January 1728 (N.S.).[3][4] He also represented the same seat in the parliament summoned to meet, 13 June 1734; and in that summoned to meet, 25 June 1741, for Petersfield;[5] Between 13 May 1729 and her death in 1737 he was also Solicitor-General to Queen Caroline, and between 1739 and 1751 he was chairman of the ways and means committee.[1]

On 1746 being constituted one of the commissioners for the Board of Trade and the Plantations, he was re-elected on a new writ to Parliament.[6] In the parliament, which sat first on business, 12 November 1747, he was chosen for Ilchester.[6] He inherited some estates from his maternal uncle John Scrope in 1752. He resigned his place as a commissioner of Trade and the Plantations, in April 1756.[6]

He died member for Lyme Regis, 28 May 1757, aged fifty-nine, was buried at Lewknor in Oxfordshire.[6]


Francis Fane, was the eldest son of Henry Fane a great-grandson of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland. His younger brother Thomas inherited Earldom of Westmorland on the death of the 7th earl in 1762.[6]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Bindoff 1982, p. 412
  2. "Fane, Francis (FN715F)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. Julian calendar with 1 January as the start of the year
  4. Collins & Brydges 1812, p. 302], cites: British Parliamentary register 146
  5. Collins & Brydges 1812, p. 303, cites: British Parliamentary register 159
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 Collins & Brydges 1812, pp. 302


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Smith
Abraham Elton
Member of Parliament for Taunton
With: George Speke 1727–1734
Henry William Berkeley Portman 1734–1741
Succeeded by
Sir John Chapman
John Buck
Preceded by
Sir William Jolliffe
Edward Gibbon
Member of Parliament for Petersfield
With: John Jolliffe
Succeeded by
John Jolliffe
William Conolly
Preceded by
Charles Lockyer
Sir Robert Brown
Member of Parliament for Ilchester
With: Thomas Lockyer
Succeeded by
Thomas Lockyer
Hon. John Talbot
Preceded by
Robert Henley
Thomas Fane
Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis
With: Thomas Fane
Succeeded by
Thomas Fane
Henry Fane
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 7/21/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.