ESSINGTON, John (c.1667-1740), of Gossington Hall, Slimbridge, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1710 - 1715

Family and Education

b. c.1667, 2nd s. of John Essington of Gossington Hall by Elizabeth, da. of Francis Haslewood of Uphenham, Worcs.  educ. L. Inn 1691.  m. (1) 14 Aug. 1697, Margaret (d. 1702), da. and coh. of John Godfrey, clerk of Mercers’ Co., and h. to her bro. Thomas Godfrey, 1da.; (2) aft. 1702, Mary (d. 1763), s.psuc. bro. 1703.1

Offices Held

Clerk of Mercers’ Co. ?1697–d.; gov. St. Thomas’ Hosp. 1719.2


Essington’s grandfather (d. 1680) purchased Gossington Hall, Gloucestershire. His father served briefly as an alderman of Gloucester (1687–9), suggesting strong Toryism, and was probably the man who subscribed £3,000 to the land bank. Essington himself gave his age as 30 and his address as of Lincoln’s Inn on his marriage licence of August 1697: in fact he was residing with John Godfrey at Mercers’ Hall, whose will of that year described him as ‘now dwelling with me’. He married Godfrey’s daughter seven weeks after her father’s death. Through his marriage Essington acquired London property, and in May his wife inherited at least £4,000 from her brother, Thomas. Essington’s wife died in March 1702, leaving him by her will of December 1697 her Bedfordshire estates and probably much else besides. Further additions to his estate no doubt followed the death of his father (?1701) and his brother, William, in 1703.3

At some point, possibly as early as 1697 in succession to Godfrey, Essington became clerk of the Mercers’ Company. He had property at Chesham