BOSCAWEN, William (1657-80), of Tregothnan, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Mar. 1679
Oct. 1679 - 21 Nov. 1680

Family and Education

b. 8 Jan. 1657, 3rd s. of Hugh Boscawen, and bro. of Robert Boscawen. m. lic. 21 Apr. 1679 (with £6,000), Lady Anne Fitzgerald, da. of Wentworth Fitzgerald, 17th Earl of Kildare [I], s.p.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Cornw. 1679-d.


Returned on his father’s interest for Truro at both elections of 1679, Boscawen was classed as ‘honest’ by Shaftesbury, appointed to the committee of elections and privileges, and voted for the first exclusion bill. He no doubt continued to support exclusion in the second Exclusion Parliament, but no committees can be definitely ascribed to him, and he died of smallpox on 21 Nov. 1680. His widow married Francis Robartes.2

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 47; London Mar. Lic. ed. Foster, 155.
  • 2. R. Morrice, Entering Bk. 1, p. 279.