ELLYS, Richard (c.1674-1742), of Nocton, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1701 - 1705
7 Dec. 1719 - 1734

Family and Education

b. c.1674, 1st surv. s. of Sir William Ellys, 2nd Bt., M.P., of Wyham and Nocton, Lincs. by Isabella, da. of Richard Hampden, M.P., of Great Hampden, Bucks. m. (1) lic. 21 May 1714, Elizabeth (d.11 Aug. 1724), da. and coh. of Sir Thomas Hussey, 2nd Bt. M.P., of Honington and Doddington, Lincs., s.p.; (2) Sarah, da. and coh. of Thomas Gould of Iver, Bucks., s.p. suc. fa. as 3rd Bt. 6 Oct. 1727.

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Ellys was descended on his mother’s side from John Hampden, whose great-grandson, Richard, married his sister. After sitting with his father for Grantham, he was returned as a Whig for Boston in 1719, defeating a Tory candidate. In 1727 he succeeded to the manors of Wyham, which had been in the family since the early 17th century, and Nocton, left to his father by Sir William Ellys, a judge of the common pleas under Charles II. Thereafter he voted against the Government till he retired in 1734. He had some pretensions to learning as the owner of a very expensive library, and as the author of Fortuita Sacra, published in 1727.1 He died 14 Feb. 1742, leaving his estates worth £4,000 p.a. to his wife for life and thereafter to a son of John, Lord Hobart, his cousin.2

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Hanbury Williams, Works, i. 47; Nichols, Lit. Anecs. vi. 83.
  • 2. PCC 50 Trenley.