YONGE, Sir William (c.1693-1755), of Colyton, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1715 - 1754
1754 - 10 Aug. 1755

Family and Education

b. c.1693, 1st s. of Sir Walter Yonge, 3rd Bt., M.P. of Colyton by his 2nd w. Gwen, da. of Sir Robert Williams, 2nd Bt., M.P., of Penryn, Cornw.  m. (1) 30 July 1716, Mary (div. 1724), da. of Samuel Heathcote of Hackney, s.p.; (2) Anne, da. and coh. of Thomas Howard, 7th Baron Howard of Effingham, 2s. 6da.  cr. KB. 27 May 1725; suc. fa. 18 July 1731.

Offices Held

Ld. of Treasury 1724-7, 1730-5, of Admiralty 1728-30; P.C. 6 Nov. 1735; sec. at war 1735-46; jt. vice-treasurer [1] 1746- d.


Walter Yonge, father of the 1st Baronet, sat for Honiton in the Long Parliament; and each baronet in turn represented the borough. Egmont wrote c.1750 in his survey for a new Parliament on the death of George II: ‘Sir William Yonge is so thoroughly worn out that he should be kept out of the House, and his affairs are so very bad that a pension will ensure his interest.’ In 1754 he handed over Honiton to his son, not caring to face the bustle of a contested election; and was found a seat by Administration at Tiverton.  He died 10 Aug. 1755.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke