HONYWOOD, Robert (d.1735), of Markshall, Essex.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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18 May 1716 - 1727

Family and Education

b. bef. 1676.1 s. of Charles Ludovic Honywood of Charing, Kent by Mary, da. of Mr. Clement of Portsmouth. m. Mary, da. and eventually h. of Sir Richard Sandford, 2nd Bt., of Howgill Castle, Westmld., 5s. 1da. suc. his distant cos. John Lamotte Honywood (M.P. Essex 1679-81, 1693) to Markshall and other Essex estates 1693.

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Descended from Sir Robert Honywood of Charing, who purchased Markshall in 1605, Honywood and his younger brother Philip, the general, who was deprived of his regiment in 1710 for drinking ‘damnation and confusion’ to the Harley ministry,2 were strong Whigs. Defeated at the general election of 1715, he was unsuccessful at a by-election in May 1715 but was seated on petition a year later. He voted against the Government on Lord Cadogan in 1717, with them on the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts but against them on the peerage bill in 1719. He did not stand in 1727, dying in January 1735.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. His yr. bro. Philip, who was first commissioned in 1694, must have been born c. 1677.
  • 2. Dalton, English Army Lists, iv. 30.