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Robert Vyner (1717–1799)

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Robert Vyner (1717–1799), was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1754 and 1796.

Early life

Vyner was the only son of Robert Vyner of Gautby and his wife Margaret Style, daughter of Sir Thomas Style, 2nd Baronet, and was born on 27 June 1717. He was educated by private tutor at home and was admitted at St John's College, Cambridge on 3 April 1738 and at Inner Temple on 18 November 1741.[1]

Political career

Vyner was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament for Okehampton as the Duke of Bedford's candidate in the 1754 general election. He did not stand in 1762 and was defeated at Lincoln in the 1768 general election. He married Eleanor Anderson, daughter of Thomas Carter of Redbourne, Lincolnsire, and widow of Francis Anderson on 5 May 1768. She was the mother of Charles Anderson-Pelham and Francis Evelyn Anderson who both joined him in Parliament.[2]

In 1774 Vyner was elected MP for Lincoln after a contest. He retained his seat at Lincoln at the 1780 general election. The English Chronicle wrote about him in 1781 as follows. “He enjoys an estate of eight or ten thousand a year in Lincolnshire, is generally esteemed proud and imperious to inferiors, notwithstanding the apparent softness of his interior contexture in the House, and is not at all popular even in the place he represents.” [2]

Vyner did not seek re-election at Lincoln in 1784 but instead was returned as MP for Thirsk on the Frankland interest at by-election in 1785. He held the seat in the 1790 general election but did not seek re-election in 1796. He was passed over for a peerage. Nathaniel Wraxall described him as "endowed with very good common sense, and of an unimpeachable character".[2]

Later life and legacy

Vyner died on 19 July 1799. He had one son Robert who was born in 1762, before he married Eleanor, in addition to his step-children.[2]


  1. ^ "Vyner, Robert (VNR738R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b c d "VYNER, Robert (1717-99), of Gautby, Lincs". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Okehampton
With: George Lyttelton 1754-1756
William Pitt (the Elder) 1756
Thomas Potter 1757-1759
Rear Admiral George Brydges Rodney 1759-1761
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Lincoln
With: The Viscount Lumley 1774-1780
Sir Thomas Clarges, Bt 1780-1783
John Fenton-Cawthorne 1783-1784
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Thirsk
1785– 1796
With: Sir Gregory Page-Turner
Succeeded by
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