HALE, William (c.1686-1717), of King’s Walden, Herts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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15 Jan. 1709 - 1710
1713 - 27 Apr. 1714
1715 - 2 Oct. 1717

Family and Education

b. c.1686, 1st s. of Richard Hale by Elizabeth, da. and h. of Isaac Meynell of Meynell Langley, Derbys.  educ. Brasenose, Oxf. matric. 30 Sept. 1702, aged 16.  m. Catherine, da. of Peter Paggen of the Manor House, Wandsworth, Surr., 2s.  suc. fa. 1689.

Offices Held


Originally from London, Hale’s family had been seated at King’s Walden since the manor was purchased in 1576. His grandfather had represented Hertfordshire under Charles II, demonstrating a sympathy for Dissent and voting in 1679 for the Exclusion bill, and when Hale contested Bramber it was on the Whig interest. Though defeated at the poll, Hale was seated on petition on 15 Jan. 1709 and subsequently supported the naturalization of the Palatines and voted for the impeachment of Dr Sacheverell. Successful for St. Albans in 1713 he voted on 18 Mar. 1714 against the expulsion of Richard Steele, but shortly afterwards lost his seat on petition. The Worsley list and two other comparisons of the 1713 and 1715 Parliaments classed him as a Whig. After the accession of George I he regained his seat at St. Albans, which he held until his death, aged 31, on 2 Oct. 1717. His son Paggen Hale† sat for Hertfordshire from 1747 to 1755.1

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Clutterbuck, Herts. iii. 132–3.