ARCHER, William (1677-1739), of Coopersale, in Theydon Garnon, Essex, and Welford, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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6 Feb. 1734 - 30 June 1739

Family and Education

b. 4 June 1677,1 2nd but 1st surv. s. of William Eyre of Holme, in Hope, and Highlow, Derbys. by Catherine, da. of Sir John Gell, 2nd Bt., M.P., of Hopton, Derbys., sis. and h. of Sir Philip Gell, 3rd Bt., M.P. educ. G. Inn 1696, called 1705, bencher 1724. m. (1) bef. 1709,2 Eleanor (d. 2 May 1717), da. of Sir Walter Wrottesley, 3rd Bt., by Eleanor, da. of Sir John Archer of Coopersale, justice of common pleas, s.p.; (2) Susanna, da. of Sir John Newton, 3rd Bt., of Barr’s Court, Glos. and Culverthorpe, Lincs., sis. and h. of Sir Michael Newton, 4th Bt., K.B., 3s. 2da.3 suc. fa. 1706, and to estates of John Archer at Coopersale and Welford 1706, taking name of Archer.

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William Archer succeeded to the Essex and Berkshire estates of John Archer, only son of Sir John Archer, complying with the stipulation that he should adopt the name of Archer and marry Eleanor Wrottesley, John Archer’s niece.4 He entered Parliament as a Tory at a by-election in 1734 and was returned unopposed later in that year, voting against the Government on the Spanish convention in 1739. Through his marriages he and his family were of considerable wealth; his daughter Susanna was said to have a fortune of £50,000 on her marriage in 1751 to Edward Harley, 4th Earl of Oxford.5 Archer died 30 June 1739.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Ped. of Gell of Hopton in Reliquary, xi. 225.
  • 2. VCH Berks. iv. 118.
  • 3. Wright, Essex, ii. 380.
  • 4. VCH Essex, iv. 268; DNB (Archer, Sir John).
  • 5. CP, x. 269.