CLAYTON, William (1762-1834), of Harleyford, nr. Great Marlow, Bucks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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12 July 1783 - 1790

Family and Education

b. 16 Apr. 1762, 1st s. of William Clayton by his 2nd w. educ. Queen’s, Oxf. 1780. m. 16 July 1785, Mary, da. of Sir William East, 1st Bt., of Hall Place, Berks., 5s. 2da. suc. fa. 3 July 1783 and cos. Sir Robert Clayton as 4th Bt. 10 May 1799.

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Clayton, on his father’s death, was returned unopposed for Great Marlow. He voted against Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783, and was classed by Robinson, January 1784, and Stockdale, 25 Mar., as a supporter of Pitt.

Robinson wrote in his survey for the general election of 1784: ‘Mr. Clayton probably would be elected again’; and he was returned head of the poll. He was classed by William Adam in May 1784 as ‘Administration’, but his only known vote in this Parliament was against Pitt on the Regency, 16 Dec. 1788. There is no record of his having spoken in the House.

In 1787 he sold his property at Marlow, and did not stand at the general election of 1790. He died 26 Jan. 1834.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke