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Regency Personalities Series

In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Sir Abraham Hume 2nd Baronet
29 February 1749 – 24 March 1838

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Abraham Hume

Sir Abraham Hume 2nd Baronet was a British floriculturist and Tory politician.

He married Amelia Egerton, daughter of John Egerton, Bishop of Durham.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Hertfordshire for 1774 and also elected at the 1774 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of Petersfield in Hampshire, and holding the seat until the 1780 general election, when he did not contest Petersfield again.

He was returned to the House of Commons 27 years later, at the 1807 general election as an MP for the borough of Hastings in Sussex. He resigned the seat in early 1812 in order to contest a by-election in Boston, where he was defeated in April 1812, and was then re-elected for Hastings at a by-election later the same month. At the 1812 general election, he contested both Boston and Hastings, but was elected only in the latter, and held that seat until the 1818 general election, when he contested neither Boston nor Hastings.

Both Sir Abraham Hume and his wife were active as rosarians and developed several rose cultivars at their estate in Hertfordshire. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in December 1775, and one of the founding members of the Geological Society and the British Institution.

He was a keen art collector, especially of Old Master prints and drawings (drawings by Polidoro da Caravaggio were a particular favourite). He was friends with Sir Joshua Reynolds who left him in his will a small painting by Claude Lorrain, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

They had issue:

  • Amelia Hume (21 January 1772 – 15 January 1837)
  • Amelia Sophia Hume (31 July 1788 – 21 February 1814)

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