GUIDOTT, William (?1671-1745), of Laverstoke and Preston Candover, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1708 - 1727
20 Jan. 1730 - 1741

Family and Education

b. ?1671, 1st s. of William Guidott of Wootton St. Lawrence, Hants, bencher of Lincoln’s Inn, by his w. Grace. educ. New Inn Hall, Oxf. 22 Mar. 1686, aged 14; L. Inn 1686, called 1693, bencher 1719. m. (1) lic. 1 July 1706, Jane Hunt, s.p.; (2) lic. 4 May 1710, Jane, da. of Sir Francis Child, M.P., ld. mayor of London 1698-9, and sis. of Sir Francis Samuel Child, s.p.; (3) 30 Nov. 1739, Patience, da. and h. of John Soper of Preston Candover, Hants, s.p. suc. fa. 1698.

Offices Held

Steward, Andover 1710, 1713; recorder, Andover by 1727.


Descended from a family of Florentine merchants, settled in Southampton in the sixteenth century, Guidott acted as agent for the Duke of Marlborough. Returned for Andover as a Whig for nearly twenty years on his own interest, he voted with the Administration on the septennial bill in 1716, was absent from the division on the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts, voted for the peerage bill, and was classed by Craggs in 1719 as to be approached through Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. In 1727 he was sued in Chancery by the Duchess for the recovery of £9,547, which she claimed he had embezzled. The court ordered him to pay £5,494, which on appeal was increased by £754.1 In the same year he lost his seat at Andover, where he had quarrelled with the corporation. Recovering it at a by-election in 1730 and re-elected unopposed in 1734, he voted with the Opposition in every recorded division except that on the place bill in 1740, from which he was absent. Defeated in 1741, he died 30 Aug. 1745.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Add. 38056, ff. 121-6; LJ, xxiii. 207.