John Dent (died 1826)
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John Dent Died 1826

John Dent (21 August 1761 - 14 November 1826) was an English banker and politician.


He was the eldest son of Robert Dent, a banker of London and Clapham.

He was a partner in Child's Bank, and Tory Member of Parliament for Lancaster from 1790 to 1812.[1] He was a defeated candidate at Poole in 1812 but was returned to Parliament there in 1818, and again, unopposed, in 1822.[2]

Dent earned the nickname "Dog Dent" by his interest in the Dog Tax Bill of 1796.[3] He was known also as a book collector and a member of the Roxburghe Club.[4]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1811 and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.[5][6]

He died in 1826 at his Mayfair home in London.


Dent married Anne Jane Williamson of Roby Hall, Liverpool in 1800; they had 5 sons and 5 daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b William Farrer & J. Brownbill (editors) (1914). "Townships: Cockerham". A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 8. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 2012.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^, Dent, John (?1761-1826), of Clapham, Surr.; Cockerham, Lancs.; and Barton Cottage, nr. Christchurch, Hants.
  3. ^ George Gordon Byron Baron Byron (1982). Lord Byron Selected Letters and Journals. Harvard University Press. p. 165 note 7. ISBN 978-0-674-53915-0. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ Foot, Mirjam M. "Payne, Roger". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/21654.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ Dent, John (1827). Catalogue of the. library of. John Dent. p. 1. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Fellow details". Royal Society. Retrieved 2016.

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