John Ivatt Briscoe

John Ivatt Briscoe
Member of Parliament
for Surrey
In office
1830  1832
Member of Parliament
for East Surrey
In office
1832  1835
Member of Parliament
for Westbury
In office
1837  1841
Member of Parliament
for West Surrey
In office
1857  1870
Personal details
Born (1791-10-12)12 October 1791
Died 16 August 1870(1870-08-16) (aged 78)
Political party Whig, Liberal
Spouse(s) Anna Maria Mawbey
Parents John Briscoe & Mary Winthrop
Residence Cross Deep House, Twickenham,
Botleys, nr. Chertsey, Surrey,
19 Edwards Street, Portman Square, London
Alma mater University College, Oxford, Lincoln's Inn

John Ivatt Briscoe (12 October 1791 – 16 August 1870) was an English Whig and later Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1857 to 1870.

Early life and education

Briscoe was the only son of John Briscoe of Cross Deep, Twickenham and his wife Mary Winthrop, daughter of Stephen Winthrop. He inherited the family home, Cross Deep House in 1809.[1][2] He was educated at University College, Oxford and graduated BA 2nd class in classics in 1812 and MA in 1815. He entered as a student at Lincoln's Inn, but was not called to the bar. Briscoe married Anna Maria Mawbey, daughter of Sir Joseph Mawbey, 2nd Baronet, in 1819.[3]

Judicial career

He was a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Surrey and a J.P. for Middlesex. He wrote a pamphlet on "Prison Discipline."[3]

Parliamentary career

At the 1830 general election Briscoe was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Surrey.[4] He held the seat until it was divided under the Reform Act, and was then elected at the 1832 general election as an MP for East Surrey,[5] but was defeated at the 1835 election.[6] He was returned to the Commons at the next general election, in 1837 as the MP for Westbury, where he defeated the sitting Conservative MP Sir Ralph Lopes by 98 votes to 96.[7] He held that seat until the general election in June 1841, when he did not contest the seat.[7] Briscoe did not stand for Parliament again until the 1857 general election, when he was elected as an MP for West Surrey.[8] He held the seat until his death aged 78 in 1870.[9]


  1. Harratt, Simon (2009). Fisher, D.R., ed. BRISCOE, John Ivatt (1791-1870), of Botleys, nr. Chertsey, Surr. and 19 Edwards Street, Portman Square, Mdx. The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832. Cambridge University Press.
  2. "Cross Deep House". Twickenham Museum. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  3. 1 2 Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench. London Dean. 1870. p. 35.
  4. Stooks Smith, Henry (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 321. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 19007. p. 2812. 25 December 1832. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  6. Craig 1989, p. 465.
  7. 1 2 Craig 1989, p. 326.
  8. Craig 1989, p. 468.
  9. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Pallmer
William Joseph Denison
Member of Parliament for Surrey
With: William Joseph Denison
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Surrey
With: Aubrey Beauclerk
Succeeded by
Richard Alsager
Aubrey Beauclerk
Preceded by
Sir Ralph Lopes, Bt
Member of Parliament for Westbury
Succeeded by
Sir Ralph Lopes, Bt
Preceded by
William Evelyn
Henry Drummond
Member of Parliament for West Surrey
With: Henry Drummond to 1860
George Cubitt from 1860
Succeeded by
Lee Steere
George Cubitt

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