DAWNAY, Henry, 2nd Visct. Downe [I] (1664-1741), of Cowick Hall, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1690 - 1695
1698 - 1700
3 Dec. 1707 - 1727

Family and Education

bap. 7 June 1664, 1st surv. s. of John Dawnay, M.P., 1st Visct. Downe [I], by his 2nd w. Dorothy, da. of William Johnson of Wickham, Lincs. m. 29 Sept. 1685, Mildred, da. of William Godfrey of Thonock, Lincs., 6s. 2da. suc. fa. 1 Oct. 1695.

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Since the early sixteenth century Dawnay’s family had been settled at Cowick, 12 miles east of Pontefract, which his father and he successively represented in every Parliament from 1661 to 1695. After succeeding to the title he was returned as a Tory for Yorkshire, voting regularly against the Government after 1715. His name was sent to the Pretender in 1721 as a probable supporter in the event of a rising.1 He did not stand in 1727, sold his burgages in Pontefract to John Monckton, 1st Viscount Galway [I], in 1729, and died in May (buried 21 May) 1741.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Stuart mss 65/16.