A'COURT, William Pierce Ashe (c.1747-1817), of Heytesbury, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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3 Sept. 1781 - Dec. 1790
1806 - Jan. 1807

Family and Education

b. c.1747, 1st s. of Gen. William A’Court Ashe.  educ. Eton 1759-65.  m. (1) 1769, Catherine (d. 23 Sept. 1776), da. of Lt.-Col. John Bradford, s.p.; (2) 30 Oct. 1777, Letitia, da. of Henry Wyndham of The Close, Salisbury, 3s. 4da.  suc. fa. 1781;  cr. Bt. 4 July 1795.

Offices Held


A’Court was in opposition during North’s Administration. He was classed ‘doubtful’ in Shelburne’s list of November 1782, and voted against the peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783. In Robinson’s list of March 1783 he was described as of ‘Mr. Fox’s connection’, but he did not vote on the East India bill. In Stockdale’s list of 19 Mar. 1784 he was classed ‘against Mr. Pitt’, and during Pitt’s Administration voted consistently in opposition. There is no record of his having spoken in the House in our period.

A’Court died 22 July 1817.1

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. GEC Baronetage; Gent. Mag. 1817 ii. 185 gives 27 July.