BASSET, John (bef. Nov. 1683-1721), of Heanton Court, nr. Barnstaple, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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22 Feb. 1718 - 5 Nov. 1721

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b. bef. Nov. 1683, 1st s. of John Basset, M.P. Barnstaple 1679-85, of Heanton Punchardon by Elizabeth, da. of Arthur Acland of Bittadon, nr. Barnstaple, Devon. m. 20 Aug. 1713 Elizabeth, da. and h. of Sir Nicholas Hooper of Raleigh, nr. Barnstaple, M.P. Barnstaple 1695-1715, 2s. 1da. suc. fa. 1686.

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Settled in Devonshire since the twelfth century, the Bassets owned considerable property in the vicinity of Barnstaple,1 for which John Basset was returned unopposed at the by-election following the death of Sir Arthur Chichester. He voted against the Administration in all recorded divisions. In 1721 his name was sent to the Pretender as a probable supporter in the event of a rising.2 He died 5 Nov. that year, leaving his property in trust for his elder son John Basset, a minor.3

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. Lysons, Mag. Brit. Devon, i. cxxxiii; ii. 18, 44-45, 64, 246.
  • 2. Stuart mss 65/16.
  • 3. PCC 89 Marlboro.