HARRIS, Roger (c.1668-1717), of the Close, Winchester, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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6 Mar. 1712 - 1715

Family and Education

b. c.1668, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Sir Richard Harris of Winchester, by Anne, da. of Richard Denned of Winton, Hants.  educ. Winchester 1681; New Coll. Oxf. matric. 30 Aug. 1686, aged 18, BA 1690; I. Temple 1685, called 1695.  m. June, 2s. 4da.  suc. fa. 1698.1

Offices Held

Steward and auditor, Winchester Coll.; steward to dean and chapter of Winchester; freeman, Southampton 1703.2


Harris’ grandfather, John Harris, had been regius professor of Greek at Oxford, 1619–22, and warden of Winchester College from 1630 till his death in 1658. His father, Sir Richard, was chosen recorder of Winchester by 1682 but was subsequently displaced by the surrender of the charter to James II. Harris himself, after reading law at the Inner Temple, settled in Winchester. Returned for Southampton at a by-election in 1712, he was not an active Member. He retained his seat at Southampton in 1713 and was classed as a Tory on the Worsley list. He died in 1717, his will being proved on 15 Nov.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Paula Watson / Ivar McGrath


  • 1. Vis. Hants. (Harl. Soc. n.s. x), 26; T. F. Kirby, Winchester Scholars, 203; PCC 209 Winch, 186 Lort.
  • 2. Kirby, 203; Southampton RO, SC3/1/1, f. 252.
  • 3. Wood, Ath. Ox. iii. 455; PCC 209 Winch.