NAPIER, Sir Nathaniel, 3rd Bt. (?1668-1728), of Middlemarsh Hall and Critchell More, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1695 - 1708
1710 - 1722

Family and Education

b.?1668, o. surv. s. of Sir Nathaniel Napier, 2nd Bt., M.P., by Blanche, da. and coh. of Sir Hugh Wyndham of Silton, Dorset, justice of the common pleas. educ. L. Inn 1683; Trinity, Oxf. 10 Apr. 1685, aged 16. m. (1) July 1691, Jane (d.1692), da. of Sir Robert Worsley, 3rd Bt., M.P., of Appuldurcombe, I.o.W., s.p.; (2) 28 Aug. 1691, Catherine, da. of William Alington, M.P., 1st Baron Alington of Wymondley, sis. and coh. of Giles, 2nd Baron, 5s. 3da. suc. fa. Jan. 1709.

Offices Held


Sir Nathaniel Napier was descended from Sir Robert Napper or Napier, M.P., chief baron of the Irish Exchequer, who acquired Middlemarsh about 1592 and built and endowed the almhouse in Dorchester, known as Napper’s Mite, in 1615.1 Four generations of his family had represented Dorset boroughs or the county since 1586; and he himself sat for Dorchester in nine Parliaments, for two of which, 1702-5, he was joined by his father. A Tory under Queen Anne, no votes of his in the 1715 Parliament have been recorded. His name was sent to the Pretender in 1721 as a probable supporter in the event of a rising.2 He did not stand again, dying 24 Feb. 1728.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Hutchins, Dorset, ii. 370; iii. 125; iv. 481, 483-4.
  • 2. Stuart mss 65/16.