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Samuel Sandys, 1st Baron Sandys

The Lord Sandys

Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
12 February 1742 – 12 December 1743
MonarchGeorge II
Prime MinisterThe Earl of Wilmington
Hon. Henry Pelham
Preceded bySir Robert Walpole
Succeeded byHon. Henry Pelham
Personal details
Born(1695-08-10)10 August 1695
Died21 April 1770(1770-04-21) (aged 74)
Highgate Hill
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Letitia Tipping

Samuel Sandys, 1st Baron Sandys, PC (10 August 1695 – 21 April 1770) was a British Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1718 until 1743 when he was created Baron Sandys. He held numerous posts in the government of the United Kingdom, namely Chancellor of the Exchequer, Leader of the House of Commons, Cofferer of the Household and First Lord of Trade. He was also a justice in eyre and Member of Parliament for Worcester and holder of the Sandys Barony. He was the son of Edwin Sandys, MP of Ombersley, Worcestershire – himself a descendant of Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York. Baron Sandys married Letitia, eldest daughter and co-heiress of Sir Thomas Tipping, 1st Baronet. They had seven sons and the eldest, Edwin, inherited his title upon his death when his post chaise overturned on Highgate Hill.


Mr. Sandys reached the peak of his parliamentary and political career in 1721. In the proceedings, on 10 February, Chamberlain numbered Sandys among the four ‘chief speakers’ of the Commons. He had an impressive track record. During the first sitting he made about 61 recorded speeches. He also received approximately 29 committee appointments, and was named to six conferences. On 5 February, Sandys was nominated to the prestigious privileges committee and the sub-committee appointed by the committee of the whole House to draw up a petition to George I of Great Britain in defence of their liberties on 5 February 1721.[1]

One of the unique qualities of Sandys was his ability to draft excellent petitions. On 12 February, he was asked to draft a petition to George I, defending the Commons’ right to freedom of speech. During this Parliament Sandys often contributed to debates on electoral disputes, but not always with authority, for on 7 February he felt obliged to explain that he had not intended to oppose the examination of sheriffs’ returns in his speech on the Gatton dispute.


  • Edwin Sandys (28 April 1726 – 11 March 1797), 2nd Baron Sandys christened 14 May 1726 Ombersley, Worcs.
  • Martin Sandys (c. November 1726 - 26 December 1768), christened 24 November 1726 Ombersley, Worcs. His daughter Mary inherited the estates upon the 2nd Baron's death in 1797 and was granted a new Barony with a special remainder to her younger sons in 1802.


  • Lee, Sidney, ed. (1897). "Sandys, Samuel" . Dictionary of National Biography. 50. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  1. ^ "SANDYS, Samuel (1695-1770), of Ombersley, Worcs". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2 May 2019.


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Samuel Swift
Thomas Wylde
Member of Parliament for Worcester
With: Thomas Wylde 1718–1727
Sir Richard Lane 1727–1734
Richard Lockwood 1734–1740
Thomas Winnington 1741–1743
Succeeded by
Thomas Winnington
Sir Henry Harpur, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Walpole
Chancellor of the Exchequer
1742 – 1743
Succeeded by
Henry Pelham
Leader of the House of Commons
1742 – 1743
Preceded by
Thomas Winnington
Cofferer of the Household
Succeeded by
Edmund Waller
Preceded by
The Earl of Halifax
First Lord of Trade
Succeeded by
Charles Townshend
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Leeds
Justice in Eyre
south of Trent

Succeeded by
The Earl of Breadalbane
Preceded by
The Lord Edgcumbe
Justice in Eyre
north of Trent

Succeeded by
The Duke of Leeds
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Sandys
Succeeded by
Edwin Sandys