STRICKLAND, Sir William, 3rd Bt. (1665-1724), of Boynton, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1689 - 1698
1701 - 1708
1708 - 1710
3 Aug. 1716 - 1722
1722 - 12 May 1724

Family and Education

b. Mar. 1665, s. of Sir Thomas Strickland, 2nd Bt., M.P., by Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Sir Francis Pile, 2nd Bt., M.P., of Compton Beauchamp, Berks. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1680. m. 28 Aug. 1684, Elizabeth, da. and h. of William Palmes, M.P., of Lindley, Yorks., 1s. suc. fa. 20 Nov. 1684.

Offices Held

Muster-master gen. 1720-d.


Strickland was the grandson of one of the leading supporters of the parliamentary cause in Yorkshire during the civil war, who was summoned to Cromwell’s House of Lords. Brought into Parliament at the Revolution by his father-in-law for Malton, and subsequently sitting for his county, he was an active supporter of the Whig junto, playing his part in the stormy debates on Fenwick’s attainder and on the case of Ashby v. White. After some years out of Parliament he re-entered the House for the Pitt borough of Old Sarum in 1716. On the breakdown of the impeachment of Lord Oxford in 1717, he moved unsuccessfully for proceeding by a bill of attainder, declaring that he looked upon Lord Oxford as an enemy to his country. On 17 Mar. 1718 he moved an address which Walpole described as having the air of a declaration of war on Spain. In 1719 he voted for the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts but on the peerage bill he was put down as ‘doubtful’, to be spoken to by Stanhope and Sunderland, and was ‘talked of’ for a place in December that year, when they were ‘very busy to get friends for their bill’.1 Though he voted against it, he obtained the place on the re-union of the Whig party in June 1720. He died 12 May, 1724.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. HMC Polwarth, ii. 403.