ASHBURNHAM, Sir William, 2nd Bt. (c.1677-1755), of Broomham, nr. Hastings, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1710 - 1713
1715 - Feb. 1717
1722 - 1741

Family and Education

b. c.1677, 1st surv. s. of Sir Denny Ashburnham, 1st Bt., M.P., of Broomham by his 2nd w. Anne, da. of Sir David Watkins of Glos. m. 7 June 1701, Margaret, da. of Sir Nicholas Pelham of Catsfield, Suss., s.p. suc. fa. Dec. 1697.

Offices Held

Chamberlain of the tally court 1710-d.; commr. of the alienation office 1717-d.; receiver of fines in the alienation office 1735-d.


Ashburnham belonged to a junior branch of an old Sussex family, with estates near Hastings, which they frequently represented. Returned in 1715 for Seaford by the future Duke of Newcastle, he gave up his seat to Henry Pelham on accepting a sinecure in 1717, but was brought in again by Newcastle for Hastings at the next general election, voting with the Government. He retired from Parliament on grounds of ill-health in 1741,1 retaining his sinecures till his death, 7 Nov. 1755.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Add. 32696, f. 401.