HILL, Michael (1672-99), of Hillsborough, co. Downe

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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11 Nov. 1692 - 1695

Family and Education

b. 7 Aug. 1672, 1st s. of William Hill of Hillsborough by Eleanor, da. of Dr Michael Boyle, archbishop of Armagh and ld. chancellor of Ire.  m. 1690 (with £3,000), Anne, da. of Sir John Trevor*, 2s. 1da.  suc. fa. 1693.1

Offices Held

Gov. and custos co. Down ?1693–?d.; PC [I] 1694.2

MP [I] 1695–9.


Hill’s grandfather, Arthur† (d. 1663), served in the army fighting the Irish rebellion of the 1640s, firstly under the King’s colours and then for the Commonwealth and Protectorate. He even served in the Parliament of 1654 for an Irish constituency. Hill’s father served as governor of co. Down and was a member of the Irish privy council. However, he appears to have resided in England from the mid-1680s, being recorded in 1693 as not having been in Ireland for seven years. Hill’s relationship with his father appears to have been difficult: indeed his early marriage was undertaken without his father’s consent, although in his will Hill snr. forgave him for this. Consequently, the newly-weds resided with Speaker Trevor, who no doubt felt a double responsibility as Hill’s stepmother, Mary, was the daughter of Marcus Trevor, 1st Viscount Dungannon [I], a relation of Trevor’s. Given this cool relationship, it seems likely that Hill’s entry to Parliament owed much to his connexion with Trevor, especially as he was under-age at the time of his election. According to his fellow Member for Saltash, Narcissus Luttrell, Hill took his seat on 19 Nov. 1692. His name only appears on one parliamentary list, compiled by Grascome, in which he was classed as a placeman, apparently on account of his Irish governorship. He presumably inherited this latter office from his father, of whom John Verney* (Lord Fermanagh) reported on 27 Oct. 1693, ‘Mr Hill of Ireland died at Little Chelsea’, leaving an estate in Ireland worth £5,000 p.a. to his son. Only a few days previously Hill’s father had been one of three commissioners of the great seal appointed to act while the Irish lord chancellor, Sir Charles Porter*, was in England. No doubt as a consequence of Hill’s inheritance he was ordered on 27 Nov. 1694 to be sworn a member of the Irish privy council.3

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