John Pitt (of Encombe)

remodelled by Pitt between 1740 and 1770

John Pitt (~1706 - 1787) of Encombe House, Dorset was a British M.P. for 35 years from which there remains one reported speech to Parliament.

Elections to Parliament


Wareham was a parliamentary borough in Dorset, which elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom The borough was the town of Wareham on the Isle of Purbeck, a market town close to Poole Harbour. In 1831, the population of the borough was 1,676, and it contained 364 houses.

Held by John Pitt: 1734 - 1747 and 26 January 1748 - November 1750
(held by his grandfather George Pitt (1625-1694) from 1660 to 1679)[1]

Dorchester was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Dorchester in Dorset. It returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons.

Held by John Pitt: 29 January 1751 - 1761[1]
Held again by John Pitt: 1761 - 1768[1]

In the House of Commons

His one reported speech was on a petition of West country merchants who complained of French encroachments at Newfoundland.[1]

Political appointments

a lord of Trade 1744-1755;
a lord of the Admiralty November - December 1756.
surveyor general of woods and forests: 1756 - 1763, 1768 - 1786[1]
William Morton Pitt's Kingston House

Pitt family

John was the fourth son of George Pitt (1663-1735) M.P. of Strathfieldsaye and second son by his second wife née Lora Grey of Kingston Maurward nr Dorchester. He married, 26 January 1753, Marcia daughter of Mark Anthony Morgan of Cottelstown co. Sligo and they had one daughter and four sons[1] including William Morton Pitt of Kingston House, Dorset.

The property enabling George Morton Pitt's control of the Pontefract seat came to John Pitt (of Encombe) by remainder but he sold it in 1766.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sir Lewis Namier & John Brooke, The House of Commons 1754-1790 1 Survey Constituencies Appendices, History of Parliament Trust, Secker & Warburg, London 1964

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Nathaniel Gould
Thomas Tower
Member of Parliament for Wareham
1734 1747
With: Henry Drax
Succeeded by
Thomas Erle Drax
Henry Drax
Preceded by
Thomas Erle Drax
Henry Drax
Member of Parliament for Wareham
26 January 1748 November 1750
With: Robert Banks Hodgkinson
Succeeded by
Whitshed Keene
Robert Palk
Preceded by
John Browne
Nathaniel Gundry
Member of Parliament for Dorchester
29 January 1751 1761
With: John Damer 29 January 1751 1752
George Clavell 1752 1754
The Lord Milton 1754 1761
Succeeded by
Thomas Foster
John Damer
Preceded by
Edward Drax
William Augustus Pitt
Member of Parliament for Wareham
1761 September 1768
With: Thomas Erle Drax
Succeeded by
Robert Palk
Ralph Burton
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