ASHE, Joseph (c.1684-1725), of Kensington Square, Westminster, and Langley Burrell, Wilts.
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Family and Education
b. c.1684, 2nd but o. surv. s. of Samuel Ashe† of Langley Burrell by Anne, da. of Oliver Pleydell of Shrivenham, Berks. educ. Christ Church, Oxf. matric. 4 Mar. 1702, aged 17; I. Temple 1703, called 1708. m. Elizabeth, da. of Sir John James of Heston, Mdx., at least 1s. suc. fa. 1708.1
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Returned at Chippenham in 1710, and classed as a Tory on the ‘Hanover list’, Ashe was unseated, on petition, in the following March. He was included, presumably by mistake, in the list of ‘Tory patriots’ who opposed the continuance of the war in 1711. Nevertheless, he was probably a Whig, for he was excluded from the Wiltshire commission of the peace in 1712. His parliamentary record is obscured in the Journal by the presence of Edward Ashe. In March 1716 he was recommended by the Treasury to the attorney-general to be a prosecuting counsel ‘when the trial of the rebels comes on’, as a barrister of whom they ‘have a good character’. Little has been ascertained of his later years, although he presumably continued to work as a barrister. He died at his house in Kensington on 8 Oct. 1725, administration of his estate being granted to his widow.3