MORDEN, William (?1696-1770), of Suffield and Gunton, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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5 Feb. - 17 Apr. 1734
21 Feb. 1738 - 1741
1741 - 1754

Family and Education

b. ?1696, 1st s. of John Morden of Suffield by Judith, da. of William Cropley of Shelland, Suff., sis. and coh. of Harbord Harbord. educ. Thurlow and Bury sch.; Caius, Camb. 4 Feb. 1713, aged 16; M. Temple 1716. m. 25 Apr. 1732, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Robert Britiffe of Baconsthorpe, Norf. half-sis. of Judith, 1st w. of Sir John Hobart, 5th Bt., afterwards 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire, 2s. suc. fa. 1726; uncle Harbord Harbord 1742, when he took the name of Harbord. K.B. 20 Oct. 1744; cr. Bt. 22 Mar. 1746.

Offices Held


Towards the end of the 1727 Parliament, Morden, a Norfolk country gentleman, was returned for Bere Alston by his neighbour and brother-in-law, Sir John Hobart. In 1734 he contested Norfolk unsuccessfully at great personal expense to Walpole,1 but later in the Parliament he was returned unopposed for Dunwich, near his Suffolk estate. For the rest of his parliamentary career he sat for Bere Alston on the Hobart interest, voting consistently with the Government until he retired in 1754. He died 17 Feb. 1770.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. Coxe, Walpole, i. 456.