SMELT, William (1690-1755), of Leases, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1 Dec. 1740 - Apr. 1745

Family and Education

b. 10 Jan. 1690, yr. s. of Leonard Smelt of Kirkby Fleetham, Yorks.; bro. of Leonard Smelt. m. Dorothy, da. of Cornelius Cayley of York, 4s. 4da. suc. bro. 1740.

Offices Held

Receiver gen. of casual revenue, Barbados 1745-d.


William Smelt succeeded his brother at Northallerton, voting with the Government. In 1745 he sold the family interest at Northallerton to Henry Lascelles, in favour of whom he vacated his seat by accepting a colonial appointment.1 He died 14 Sept. 1755.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. See ‘A London West-India Merchant House 1740-69’, by R. Pares, Essays presented to Sir Lewis Namier, ed. Pares Taylor, 78.