ASHE, William (1647-1713), of the Inner Temple and Heytesbury, Wilts.
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Family and Education
b. 17 Nov. 1647, 1st surv. s. of Edward Ashe, Draper, of Fenchurch Street, London, being 1st s. by 2nd w. Elizabeth; bro. of Edward Ashe. educ. I. Temple, entered 1652; St. Edmund Hall, Oxf. matric. 11 Nov. 1664, aged 17. m. (1) lic. 27 June 1670, Anne, da. of Alexander Popham of Littlecote, Wilts., 4s. (2 d.v.p.) 1da.; (2) Mary, da. of John Rivett, Skinner, of London, wid. of Sir Henry Appleton, 4th Bt., of South Benfleet, Essex, s.p. suc. fa. 1656.1
Commr. for assessment, Wilts. 1673-80, Kent 1677-80, Kent and Wilts. 1689-90, recusants, Wilts. 1675, j.p. 689-d., dep. lt. by 1701-?d.
Capt. of ft. regt. of Mq. of Worcester (Henry Somerset) 1673-4.
Ashe’s father, a brother of John Ashe, Sir Joseph Ashe and Samuel Ashe, bought the manor of Heytesbury in 1640, just in time to sit in the Long Parliament, though over £3,000 of the purchase money was still outstanding 16 years later. An Independent in religion, it was nevertheless only after some hesitation that he sat in the Rump. Ashe was returned for the family borough just under age when living in chambers at the Inner Temple, and held the seat in ten successive Parliaments. An inactive Member, he was appointed to 15 committees in the Cavalier Parliament, and acted as teller in three divisions. The first was on 27 Mar. 1673 for the rebuilding of a Cit