FRANKLAND, William (1720-1805), of Muntham Court, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1768 - 1774

Family and Education

b. 1720, 3rd s. of Henry Frankland, and bro. of Sir Thomas Frankland, 5th Bt.

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Frankland spent twenty years in Bengal in the service of the East India Company. He travelled extensively in the East, journeying through Persia alone and in disguise.1 He followed his brother in politics, and voted consistently in opposition throughout his parliamentary career. He spoke on East India affairs, 18 and 21 May 1773, but there is no record of any other speech. According to his obituary notice in the Gentleman’s Magazine (1805, p. 1242): ‘In his latter years his habits were recluse and studious, and his attention principally directed to improvements in science, and the application of mechanics to manufacturing processes.’

He died 28 Dec. 1805.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Sir R. F. Payne-Gallwey, Ped. Frankland of Thirkleby.