John Tuckfield (1717-1767) belonged to a prominent local family, who lived in Tedburn St Mary. He was a co-founder of the Exeter and Devon Hospital in 1741 and donated the land in Southernhay where the original hospital was built. He was elected President of the Exeter and Devon Hospital in 1748.
Tuckfield was the Tory MP for Exeter from 1745-1767. His re-election campaign in 1761 was said to be one of the most violent ever, when supporters of his opponent rioted and took over the Guildhall, preventing people from casting their votes.
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