Humphry Sturt MP

1725 - 20th Oct 1786


MP for Dorset for 30 years 1754-1784. For reasons that have yet to be fully understood by LBS but appear to be connected with the will of Solomon Ashley (q.v.), Sturt's widow Mary, son Charles Sturt and his three executors were parties to a deed with John Jarrett (q.v.) related to Catherine Mount and Catherine Hall in 1794. The two estates had been owned by Samuel Barnett until 1762. Although published sources such as History of Parliament are firm in identifying the wife of Humphry Sturt MP as Mary Pitfield and their marriage as having been in 1756, confusingly both Gentleman's Magazine and London Magazine show the marriage in 1756 of Humphry Sturt Member for Dorsetshire with 'Miss Beckford' 'a sister to the Alderman.' LBS has tentatively concluded that (1) Humphry Sturt's wife Mary was indeed Mary Pitfield, who was connected to the Beckford family: her grandfather Solomon Ashley was also the father-in-law of Julines Beckford, Alderman William Beckford's brother, and grandfather of Peter Beckford of Stepleton; (2) the 1794 deed arose from certain [unknown] claims on estates in Jamaica, presumably Catherine Mount and Catherine Hall, that Humphry Sturt inherited as part of the estate of Solomon Ashley under the latter's will in 1763.

  1. According to the History of Parliament, only son of Humphry Sturt of Horton, Dorset and Diana, daughter of Sir Nathaniel Napier, 3rd Bt., M.P.; grandson of Sir Anthony Sturt, M.P. Married 27 Apr. 1756, Mary, daughter and heir of Charles Pitfield, ‘proprietor of a considerable estate’ in Shoreditch. Succeeded his father and cousin Sir Gerard Napier, 6th Bt. at Crichel More 26 Jan. 1765. MP for Dorset 1754-1784, of Crichel House Dorset.

  2. Charles Sturt of Co. Dorset, devisee of the will of Humphrey Sturt, Mary Sturt, the Rev. George Bingham, Rector of Great Critchill, co. Dorset, Edmund Morton Pleydell, and Henry William Portman and John Jarrett of Trelawny in Jamaica, plantation called Catherine Mount and Catherine Hall in Jamaica. Signature of Charles Sturt, dated 1794.


The Crichel Estate Papers at the Dorset Archives include 'Case: Beckford v Sturt: demands of Humphrey Sturt, residuary legatee of Solomon Ashley on estates in Jamaica 1772', D-CRI/A/115/3, [accessed 26/11/2019].

  1. Year of birth approximate. Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 26 (April 1756) p. 205; London Magazine Vol. 25 April 1756 p. 195; Sir Lewis Namier, 'Sturt, Humphrey, (?1725-1786)', History of Parliament online.

  2. Caribbeana Vol. II 'Deeds relating to the West Indies.'

Further Information

Mary Pitfield
5 daughters, 10 sons

Associated Estates (2)

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Legacies Summary

Political (1)

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Dorset Dorset
1754 - 1784

Relationships (1)

Executor → Testator
Notes →
Humphry Sturt was also the residuary legatee of Solomon Ashley, and had married Ashley's grand-daughter Mary...

Addresses (1)

Crichel House, Crichel More, Dorset, Wessex, England