John Harris (courtier)

John Harris (c. 1690 - 5 October 1767)[1] was a British courtier and politician who sat in the House of Commons for forty years from 1727 to 1767.

He was a Member of Parliament for Helston from 1727 and then sat for Ashburton from 1741 to 1767.[1][2] From 1741 he also held the post of Master of the Household to George II and III.[3][4]

Harris was the second son of William Harris. His elder brother, Christopher Harris, was MP for Okehampton.[5]


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 2)
  3. ^ "Master of the Household 1660-1837". British History Online. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
  4. ^ Burke, Sir Bernard (1853). A visitation of the seats and arms of the noblemen and gentlemen of Great Britain, Volume 2. Colburn. p. 73. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
  5. ^ Burke, John (1847). Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry, Volume 1. H. Colburn. p. 540. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Walter Carey
Member of Parliament for Helston
With: John Evelyn
Succeeded by
Thomas Walker
Preceded by
Thomas Bladen
Joseph Taylor
Member of Parliament for Ashburton
With: John Arscott 1741–1754
The Viscount Midleton 1754–1761
Thomas Walpole from 1761
Succeeded by
Robert Palk
Thomas Walpole
Court offices
Preceded by
George Treby
Master of the Household
Succeeded by
Henry Carteret