GUIDOTT, William (1671-1745), of Laverstoke, nr. Andover, and Preston Candover, Hants.
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Family and Education
bap. 25 Jan. 1671[–2], 1st s. of William Guidott of Wootton St. Lawrence, Hants, bencher of Lincoln’s Inn, by his 1st w. Grace. educ. New Inn Hall, Oxf. 1686, aged 14; L. Inn 1686, called 1693, bencher 1719, treasurer, 1728. m. (1) lic. 1 July 1706, Jane, da. of James Hunt of Popham, Hants, s.p.; (2) 6 May 1710, Jane, da. of Sir Francis Child*, and sis. of Sir Francis† and Samuel Child†, s.p.; (3) 30 Nov. 1739, Patience, da. and coh. of John Soper of Preston Candover, s.p. suc. fa. 1698, uncle Anthony Guidott 1707.1
Steward, Andover 1703–d.2
The Guidotts, a family of Florentine merchants, had settled in Southampton by the mid-16th century. Guidott himself, a practising lawyer like his father and uncle, acquired several estates in Hampshire, particularly at Preston Candover, where the house he built became something of a showpiece. His uncle Anthony was for many years a lawyer to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and described the latter in his will as ‘my particular good friend’. Guidott benefited from the connexion, succeeding his uncle as lawyer to the Marlboroughs.3
Guidott’s father was steward of Andover in the 1690s, and Guidott himself was appointed steward in 1703. He did not, however, stand until 1708 when he was returned without a contest. His election was classed as a gain for the Whigs by Lord Sunderland (Charles, Lord Spencer*), an analysis confirmed in another list of early 1708. His parliamentary activity, displaying an interest in land conveyancing, reflected his professional capacity as a lawyer. He voted in favour of naturalizing the Palatines in 1709, was appointed on 21 Jan. to draft a bill regulating servants’ wages, and acted as a teller on 16 Apr. on an amendment to a bill to set up a public land registry for Middlesex. In the next session he was appoint