GORDON, William (?1735-76), of Bully Hill, Rochester, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1768 - Feb. 1771

Family and Education

b. ?1735, s. of George Gordon, wine merchant, mayor of Rochester 1755 and 1759. m. 11 June 1761, his cos. Elizabeth, da. and h. of Thomas Gordon of Bully Hill, 1da.1suc. fa. 28 Dec. 1759.2

Offices Held

Sheriff, Kent 1763-4; commr. of the victualling office 1772- d.


When Calcraft stood for Rochester in 1765, Rockingam wrote to Newcastle, 26 Nov.: ‘I understand that Gordon, a wine merchant at Rochester, is the occasion.’3 He was apparently at the head of the independent interest. When in 1768 Calcraft had Government support, and Fordyce the banker could not be persuaded to stand, Gordon did so himself, and carried his election through his influence with the local artisans and shopkeepers. In Parliament he voted with the Opposition in each of the six divisions on Wilkes and Middlesex, 27 Jan. 1769-25 Jan. 1770. There is no record of his having spoken in the House. Together with Ca