CODRINGTON, Sir William, 2nd Bt. (1719-92), of Dodington, nr. Chipping Sodbury, Glos.
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Family and Education
b. 26 Oct. 1719, 1st s. of Sir William Codrington†, 1st Bt., of Dodington by Elizabeth, da. of William Bethell of Swindon, Yorks. educ. Westminster 1736; Univ. Coll. Oxf. 1736. m. 22 Feb. 1736, Anne Acton of Fulham, Mdx., 1s. 1da. suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 17 Dec. 1738.
Codrington’s Gloucestershire property lay over 30 miles across the county from Tewkesbury, where he had been first returned in 1761 on the interest of his brother-in-law, William Dowdeswell of Pull Court. He retained the seat at the next five general elections and was unopposed in 1790. A Whig in politics (though he belonged neither to Brooks’s nor to the Whig Club), he paired on the opposition side for the division on Oczakov, 12 Apr. 1791, and was listed favourable that month to repeal of the Test Act in Scotland. No other trace of parliamentary activity has been found in this period. In his will, 19 Jan. 1789, he provided for his ‘reputed daughter’, Jane Charlotte Miller, disinherited his son William, and left Dodington and his West Indian plantations to his nephew Christopher Bethell Codrington*.1 He died 11 Mar. 1792.
Ref Volumes: 1790-1820
Author: M. J. Williams
- 1. V. L. Oliver, Antigua, i. 152-3.