Laurence Sulivan

Laurence Sulivan (1713–1786) was a Member of Parliament first for Taunton in 1762 and then for Ashburton in 1768. He was also Chairman of the British East India Company.[1]

Sulivan was born in Ireland and moved to work for the East India Company, returning to England in 1753 with a moderate fortune, which enabled him to purchase Ponsbourne Park in Hertfordshire in 1761. He was elected a Director of the East India Company for 1755–8, 1764–5, 1769–70, 1771–2, 1778-80 and 1783 to his death. He was Deputy Chairman for 1763–4, 1772–3, 1780-1 and Chairman for 1758–9, 1760-2 and 1781–2. [2]

He had married in India and had 2 sons. Ponsbourne passed to his son Stephen, who sold it in 1811. His grandson, Laurence Sulivan (1783-1866) was a philanthropist, statesman and Deputy Secretary at War.


  1. ^ The India list and India Office list for ... - Great Britain. India Office - Google Books
  2. ^ "SULIVAN, Laurence (c.1713-86), of Ponsbourne Park, Herts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The Lord Carpenter
Member of Parliament for Taunton
Succeeded by
Alexander Popham
Preceded by
Robert Palk
Member of Parliament for Ashburton
Succeeded by
Robert Palk