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 M