DUNCH, Hungerford (1639-80), of Down Ampney, Glos. and Little Wittenham, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Constituency

Dates

Mar. 1679
Oct. 1679 - 9 Nov. 1680

Family and Education

bap. 20 Jan. 1639, 1st s. of Edmund Dunch of Little Wittenham by Bridget, da. and h. of Sir Anthony Hungerford of Down Ampney. educ. Christ Church, Oxf. 1655. m. 30 Apr. 1677, Katherine, da. and h. of William Oxton, Brewer, of Westminster, 1s. suc. fa. 1678.1

Offices Held

Commr. for militia, Berks. and Oxon. Mar. 1660, assessment, Berks. 1665-d., col. of militia ft. by 1664; j.p. Glos. and Wilts. 1666-d.

Biography

Dunch was descended from an auditor of the Mint who bought the ex-monastic manor of Little Wittenham in 1552, and sat for Wallingford, five miles away, in 1563. His father, a Parliamentarian in the Civil War, represented the borough in the Long Parliament and Berkshire under the Protectorate before receiving a ‘peerage’ from his cousin, Oliver Cromwell. From his mother Dunch inherited Down Ampney, two miles from Cricklade. His father withdrew from politics after the collapse of the Commonwealth, and at the general election of 1660 Dunch, who had just come of age, was returned for both Wallingford and Cricklade, choosing to sit for the latter. An inactive Member of the Convention, he was appointed only to the committee to bring in the bill for the abolition of the court of wards. Although he was nominated to the proposed order of the Royal Oak, with an income of £2,000 p.a., his background probably prevented him from standing in