Uvedale Tomkins Price

Uvedale Tomkins Price (17 September 1685 – 17 March 1764) [Robinson, Rev. Charles John (1873). "A History of the Mansions and Manors of Herefordshire". Longman & Co.] was a British Member of Parliament.

Early life

Uvedale Tomkins Price was the younger son of Robert Price, Baron of the Exchequer, by his wife Lucy Rodd, heiress of the Foxley estate at Yazor in Herefordshire. He was named for Lucy's uncle Uvedale Tomkins, the son of her grandmother Lucy Uvedale by the latter's second husband Sir Thomas Tomkins, MP. [Hillaby, Joseph (1967). "The Parliamentary Borough of Weobley 1628-1708"."Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club". vol.XXXIX pp.104-151]


Price's father had been MP for Weobley until he became Baron of the Exchequer in 1702; the seat remained in the family, however, as his successor at Weobley was his elder son Thomas, who was then only 21 or 22. [Hillaby, Joseph (1967).] Thomas's career ended prematurely, as he died unmarried at Genoa in September 1706. [Duncumb, Rev. John. "Collections Towards the History and Antiquities of the County of Hereford".]

Uvedale Price's first election to represent the same constituency came in 1713, for the fourth Parliament after the Acts of Union. He was also elected in 1727. [Hillaby, Joseph (1967).]

He was married in 1714 [Griffith, John Edwards (1914). "Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families". Horncastle: Morton & sons. (Duncumb and Robinson give 1719, but that would be after the births of three of the children.)] to Anne (d.1741), daughter and coheiress of Lord Arthur Somerset of Poston Court in Vowchurch, Herefordshire (younger son of Henry Somerset, 1st Duke of Beaufort), by his wife Mary, daughter and heiress of Sir William Russell, 1st baronet of Laugharne, Carmarthenshire. They had three daughters, who died early; and an only son, Robert (1717-1761), who, by a daughter of John Shute Barrington, 1st Viscount Barrington, had seven surviving sons. [Griffith, John Edwards (1914).]

Uvedale Tomkins Price died at Bath in 1764 and was succeeded at Foxley by his grandson Uvedale Price, writer on the Picturesque.


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