GIFFORD, Benjamin (c.1688-1713), of Beaminster, Dorset, and Boreham, nr. Westbury, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1710 - 13 June 1713

Family and Education

b. c.1688, 1st s. of William Gifford of Beaminster and Horsington, Som., by Mary, da. and h. of John Hoskins of Beaminster; bro. of John Hoskins Gifford*.  educ. Trinity, Oxf. matric. 30 Apr. 1706, aged 17. unmsuc. fa. 1693.1

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Gifford, whose family had held lands for 200 years at Boreham in Wiltshire, inherited estates in that county as well as in Dorset and Somerset. Classed as a Tory in the ‘Hanover list’ of 1710, having been returned for Dorchester after a contest, he was included in the list of ‘worthy patriots’ who in the first session of this Parliament detected the mismanagements of the previous administration. He was also a member of the October Club. A victim of Lord Cowper’s (William*) purge of Wiltshire j.p.s, Gifford was restored by Lord Harcourt (Simon I*) in June 1712. He died on 13 June 1713, aged 25, and was buried at Horsington in Somerset.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Collinson, Som. ii. 373; Hutchins, Dorset, ii. 123.
  • 2. L. K. J. Glassey, Appt. JPs, 215; Hoare, Wilts. Warminster, 7.