GIFFORD, John Hoskins (?1693-1744), of Beaminster, Dorset, and Boreham, in Warminster, Wilts.
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Family and Education
b. ?1693, 2nd s. of William Gifford of Beaminster, Dorset, and Horsington, Som. by Mary, da. and h. of John Hoskins of Beaminster.1 educ. Wadham, Oxf. 7 Dec. 1710, aged 17; M. Temple 1710. m. Dec. 1731, Elizabeth, da. and h. of Nicholas Watts of Cucklington, Som., s.p. suc. to Wilts. and Som. estates of bro. Benjamin Gifford, M.P., 1713.
Gifford, a Tory, whose family for some 200 years had held lands at Boreham, a few miles from Westbury, was brought in there on Lord Abingdon’s interest in 1727, a petition against the return being unsuccessful. In Parliament he voted against the army estimates in 1732 and the excise bill in 1733. He died in August 1744.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: R. S. Lea
- 1. Hoare, Wilts. Warminster, 75-76; Hutchins, Dorset, ii. 123-24; Collinson, Som. ii. 373.