SAUNDERSON, Hon. Nicholas (c.1657-92), of Glentworth, Lincs.
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Family and Education
b. c.1657, 1st s. of George Saunderson, 5th Visct. Castleton [I]*, by his 1st w.; bro. of Hon. James*. m. 29 Dec. 1674 (with £3,500 p.a.), Elizabeth, da. and h. of Sir John Wray, 3rd Bt.†, of Glentworth, 1s.1
Steward and keeper of manor and soke of Kirton in Lindsey, Lincs. 1689–d.2
Although the Saundersons boasted little interest in Nottinghamshire, Nicholas was able to secure his return at Newark through his family’s links with several county notables, in particular Lord Lexington and the Pierrepoints. At the outset of the 1690 Parliament he was identified as a probable Court supporter by the Marquess of Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†), who may also have marked him as a Whig. In April 1691 Robert Harley* classed him as a Country Member. The following year his name appeared on two lists of placemen drawn up in 1692, but on both occasions the compiler mistook him for his younger brother, James, who was a commissioner for alienations. He failed to make any significant contribution to Commons’ business in that Parliament, and died towards the end of 1692, a new writ for Newark being issued on 28 Dec. In a codicil to his will, dated 2 Oct. 1692, he named his wife and the Earl of Kingston (Evelyn Pierrepoint*) as guardians of his only son, Wray, who died before he could inherit the title of Castleton.3