HASKINS STILES, Benjamin (c.1684-1739), of Bowden Park, nr. Chippenham, Wilts. and Moor Park, Herts.
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b. c.1684, 1st s. of Joseph Haskins Stiles (formerly Haskins), sometime merchant of Amsterdam, by Sarah, 1st da. of Sir John Eyles, M.P., ld. mayor of London 1688, bro. of Sir Francis Eyles, 1st Bt. m. (1) by 1708, 1s. 2da. d.v.p. young; (?2) by Aug. 1733, Jane.1 suc. fa. 1714; yr. bro. Joseph 1719.
Benjamin Haskins Stiles’s father was partner and heir of his maternal uncle Robert Stiles (d. 1680), a wealthy Amsterdam merchant and native of Wantage, Berks. His sister married Sir John Eyles, 2nd Bt.. On inheriting his younger brother’s fortune in 1719, he acquired large estates in north Wiltshire, including Bowden Park, Bishop’s Cannings, near Devizes, and the prebend manor of Calne which carried an electoral interest in that borough.2 He also bought Moor Park and built the existing house there, which was laid out by Leoni under the superintendence of Sir James Thornhill.3 In 1721 he was returned as a Whig on t