CODRINGTON, Sir William, 2nd Bt. (1719-92), of Dodington, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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Constituency

Dates

1747 - 1761
1761 - 11 Mar. 1792

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.

Offices Held

Biography

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); and voted against the peace preliminaries, 9 and 10 Dec. 1762. In the autumn of 1763 he was marked by Jenkinson as ‘doubtful’.

In October 1763 he wished to stand against Edward Southwell at the by-election for Gloucestershire, and wrote to Grenville on 14 Oct.:1

He [Southwell] is supported by the Beaufort family and Mr. [Norborne] Berkeley with the Tory interest. I have the assistance of Lord Chedworth, the influence of Berkeley Castle, and the Whig interest.

Codrington saw Grenville on 14 Oct. and ‘desired earnestly’ to have an office which would vacate his seat.2 Grenville refused, having promised to give the Chiltern Hundreds to Southwell and not wishing to countenance an opposition against him. ‘Had he been permitted to vacate his present seat in Parliament’, wrote Samuel Rogers3 to the Duke of Portland on 19 Oct.,4 ‘I think he would not have succeeded at Glouceste