SELWYN, William (1732-1817), of Boxley, Kent
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Family and Education
b. 14 June 1732, 2nd s. of Henry Selwyn of Westminster by Ruth, da. of Anthony Compton of Gainslow, nr. Berwick-upon-Tweed; 1st cos. of George Augustus Selwyn. educ. Westminster 1740; Trinity, Camb. 1749; L. Inn 1749, called 1754. m. 15 Sept. 1763, Frances Elizabeth, da. of John Dodd of Woodford, Essex, 3s. 3da.
K.C. 1780; bencher, L. Inn 1780, treasurer 1793.
In 1783 Selwyn was returned for Whitchurch by his cousin Thomas Townshend when he became Lord Sydney. Following Sydney’s political line, he voted against the Fox-North Coalition, and supported Pitt’s Administration. His only reported speech was on 30 Apr. 1783 when during a debate on a bill for the arrest of persons found during the night with housebreaking tools, he said that his experience at the bar showed him the necessity for such a bill.1 In 1790 Sydney returned his son for Whitchurch, and Selwyn did not stand again.
He died 21 Aug. 1817.
Ref Volumes: 1754-1790
Author: Mary M. Drummond
- 1. Debrett, ix. 677.