CODRINGTON, Sir William, 2nd Bt. (1719-92), of Dodington, Glos.
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Family and Education
b. 26 Oct. 1719, 1st s. of Sir William Codrington, 1st Bt., M.P., by Elizabeth, da. of William Bethell of Swindon, Yorks. and sis. and coh. of Slingsby Bethell. Codrington’s sis. m. William Dowdeswell. educ. Westminster 1736; Univ. Coll. Oxf. 1736. m. 22 Feb. 1736, Anne Acton of Fulham, Mdx., 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 17 Dec. 1738.
It is probable that Codrington sat for Beverley on the interest of his uncle Slingsby Bethell who owned considerable property in that part of Yorkshire. At the contested election of 1754 Codrington was returned head of the poll and was listed by Dupplin as an Opposition Whig. He sat for Tewkesbury on the interest of his brother-in-law William Dowdeswell, supported by the corporation.
He did not receive Newcastle’s whip in October 1761; was marked in Bute’s list of December 1761 as ‘Tory and West Indian’ (he owned plantations in Barbados and Antigua)