PENDARVES, Sir William (c.1689-1726), of Pendarves, Cornw.

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

Family and Education

b. c.1689, o. s. of Rev. Thomas Pendarves, rector of St. Mawgan and St. Columb Major, Cornw. by Grace, da. of Robert Hoblyn of Nanswhyden, Cornw.  m. 5 Sept. 1714, Penelope, da. of Sidney Godolphin* and wid. of Francis Hoblyn of Nanswhyden, s.psuc. fa. 1703, cos. at Pendarves 1706; kntd. on or bef. 10 Aug. 1713.1

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Pendarves’ family had settled at Pendarves in the reign of Elizabeth I, the eldest branch of the family to which Alexander Pendarves* also belonged. Pendarves had donated communion plate to St. Ives, and in 1713 was returned for this borough. In February 1714 Lord Lansdown (George Granville*), a close friend of Alexander Pendarves, wrote to the Earl of Oxford (Robert Harley*) requesting the office of master of the swan for Pendarves, stating that though the place ‘bestows nothing at all but the name of the office’, appointing Pendarves would be ‘for your own service’. No such appointment appears to have been made, however. Pendarves’ only notable activity in the session is indicated by his inclusion in May among the nominees to prepare a bill to enable the development of Whitesand Bay, Cornwall, but on the 27th he was granted six weeks’ leave of absence. He nevertheless made sufficient impression upon contemporaries to be classified in the Worsley list as a Tory. Defeated at Launceston at the 1715 election, Pendarves did not stand for election again. He died at Pendarves on 13 Mar. 1726, aged 37.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 236, 357.
  • 2. Polsue, Complete Paroch. Hist. Cornw. i. 182, 184; Burke, Commoners, iii. 363; HMC Portland, v. 386; N. and Q. ser. 8, xii. 442–4.