COWARD, William (1666-1716), of Wells, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1708 - 1710
30 May 1716 - June 1716

Family and Education

b. 10 June 1666, o.s. of William Coward, M.P., recorder of Wells, commr. of appeals in the excise, serjeant-at-law, by Bridget, da. of Sir Thomas Hall of Bradford, Wilts.1 educ. Merchant Taylors’ 1676-81; Magdalen, Oxf. 1682; L. Inn 1682. unm. suc. fa. 1705.

Offices Held


Coward’s father, a successful lawyer, owned estates in and about Wells, which he represented 1679-81 and 1695-1705. Returned for Wells as a Whig under Anne, Coward was defeated in 1715 but seated on petition. He died in June 1716.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. R. Mundy, Vis. Somerset 1623, p. 56.