STRICKLAND, William (1714-88), of Beverley, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 1747

Family and Education

bap. 9 Oct. 1714, 2nd s. of Walter Strickland of Beverley (bro. of Sir William Strickland, 3rd Bt.) by his w. Elizabeth Peirson of Mowthorpe, Yorks. m. (1) Katherine (d. Dec. 1741), da. and coh. of Edward Charles Henshaw of Eltham, Kent, s.p.; (2) 25 May 1752, Diana, da. and coh. of Col. James Moyser of Beverley, 1s. 1da.

Offices Held

Lt. 1 tp. Horse Gren. Gds. 1732; capt. 2 tp. 1743.


On 12 May 1741 Lady Isabella Finch wrote to her brother-in-law, Lord Malton (Sir Thomas Wentworth): ‘the Patriots rejoice in Strickland’s success at Beverley, by which I conclude he’ll prove a worthless coxcomb’.1 He was absent from the division on the chairman of the elections committee on 16 Dec. 1741 owing to the death of his wife, and was one of those who went away without voting on the Westminster election six days later.2 Put down as a government supporter in the Cockpit list of October 1742, he did not vote in the division of 10 Dec. 1742 on the Hanoverians. On the opposition motion of 7 Dec. 1743 for disbanding the Hanoverians, Strickland, who had served at Dettingen, joined in the attacks on the Hanoverians, telling a story about some straw taken by them from the English troops, which appeared to the House as ‘very frivolous’.3 He voted against the Hanoverians in 1744 but for them in 1746, when he was classed by Newcastle as doubtful. He did not stand in 1747 and died 3 June 1788.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Rockingham mss.
  • 2. Coxe, Walpole, iii. 583; Hartington to Devonshire, 22 Dec. 1741, Devonshire mss.
  • 3. HMC Egmont Diary, iii. 278; Walpole to Mann, 11 Dec. 1743; Yorke’s parl. jnl. Parl. Hist. xiii. 141.