HARVEY, William (1663-1731), of Hempstead, Essex.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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25 Mar. 1689
Feb. 1701
Dec. 1701
31 May 1715 - 18 May 1716

Family and Education

bap. 18 Dec. 1663, 2nd but o. surv. s. of Sir Eliab Harvey, and bro. of Eliab Harvey. educ. St. Paul’s sch.; Trinity Coll. Camb. 1680. m. 1 Sept. 1681, his bro.’s wid. Dorothy, da. of Sir Robert Dycer, 2nd Bt., of Hackney, Mdx., and h. to her bro. Sir Robert, 3rd Bt., 3s. (2 d.v.p.) 3da. suc. fa. 1699.

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Essex 1689-90, Wilts. 1690; lt. Waltham forest by 1700-d.; j.p. Essex by 1701-?d., dep. lt. 1703-?d.


Harvey was approved, with his cousin Michael Harvey, as court candidate for Weymouth in 1688. He was returned to the Convention for Old Sarum on his father’s interest after a previous election had been declared void. He made no speeches and was clearly inactive as a committeeman, though his record cannot be distinguished from his cousin’s. He did not support the disabling clause in the bill to restore corporations. He refused the Association in 1696, and was regarded as a Jacobite under the Hanoverians. He died on 31 Oct. 1731 and was buried at Hempstead. His son William had sat for Old Sarum from 1710 to 1713, while his grandson represented Essex as a Tory in three Parliaments.

Misc. Gen. et Her. (ser. 2), iii. 334; Cal. Treas. Bks. xvii. 107.

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: John. P. Ferris