MEREWETHER, Francis (c.1674-1718), of Bulkington, Keevil, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Feb. - Nov. 1701
3 Mar. 1703 - 1705

Family and Education

b. c.1674, o. s. of Francis Merewether of Bulkington.  educ. Magdalen, Oxf. matric. 28 Aug. 1689, aged 15.  m. 19 Oct. 1697, Hannah Leigh, 1da. d.v.psuc. fa. 1689.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Wilts. 1699–1700; freeman, Devizes 1708–16.2


Merewether’s family had been settled in Market Lavington since the early 17th century. Bulkington manor, in nearby Keevil, had been acquired by marriage in 1625. Although the manor was sold in 1655, the family retained an attached farm and demesne land which was inherited by Merewether at his father’s death. Merewether spent the remainder of his life in the parish, where he leased a number of orchards and other lands until shortly before his death. An early connexion with Devizes corporation was provided by Dr John Merewether, a freeman in 1683–4 an