Samuel Sandys, 1st Baron Sandys

The Right Honourable
The Lord Sandys
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
12 February 1742  12 December 1743
Monarch George II
Prime Minister The Earl of Wilmington
Hon. Henry Pelham
Preceded by Sir Robert Walpole
Succeeded by Hon. Henry Pelham
Personal details
Born (1695-08-10)10 August 1695
Died 21 April 1770(1770-04-21) (aged 74)
Highgate Hill
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Letitia Tipping

Samuel Sandys, 1st Baron Sandys, PC (10 August 1695  21 April 1770) was a British politician in the 18th century. 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 1621. In the proceedings, on 10 Feb., Chamberlain numbered Sandya 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 Feb. he 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 the king in defence of their liberties on February 5, 1621.

One of the unique qualities of Sandys is his unique ability to draft excellent petitions. On 12 February, he was asked to draft an excellent petition to the king 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 Feb. 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.



    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

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