James Lumley

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James Lumley (c. 1706 – 14 March 1766) was an English Member of Parliament and landowner.

Lumley was the seventh son of Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough and was educated at Eton College in 1718 and King's College, Cambridge in 1723;[1] his biography in The History of Parliament describes him as "uncouth and illiterate".

Lumley was made a Groom of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales in 1728, and the following year was elected to Parliament for Chichester, succeeding his brother Charles. He did not stand for re-election in 1734, instead moving to the King's Household as one of the commissioners of the office of Master of the Horse. He was appointed Avener and Clerk Marshal to the King in 1735.

In 1740 his brother Lord Scarbrough died leaving him the Lumley estates in Sussex, and in 1741 Lumley was elected to Parliament for Arundel. He initially supported Robert Walpole, but voted against him in 1742 and thereafter with the opposition. He retired from Parliament in 1747.

Lumley never married. He died "heavily in debt", and left his Durham estates to his nephew Richard Lumley-Saunderson, 4th Earl of Scarbrough and his Sussex estates to his nephew George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax.


  1. ^ "Lumley, James (LMLY723J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  • Romney R. Sedgwick, LUMLEY, Hon. James (c.1706-66). in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, 1970. Online version accessed 16 July 2012.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Charles Lumley
Lord William Beauclerk
Member of Parliament for Chichester
With: Lord William Beauclerk 1729–1733
Sir Thomas Prendergast 1733–1734
Succeeded by
James Brudenell
Thomas Yates
Preceded by
Sir John Shelley
Garton Orme
Member of Parliament for Arundel
With: Garton Orme
Succeeded by
Garton Orme
Theobald Taaffe
Court offices
Title last held by
Francis Negus
Avener and Clerk Marshal
Succeeded by
Edmund Charles Blomberg