HILDYARD, Sir Robert, 3rd Bt. (1716-81), of Winstead, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1754 - 1761

Family and Education

bap. 15 July 1716, posth. s. of Rev. William Hildyard, rector of Rowley St. Peter, Yorks., by Nancy, da. of Thomas Croft of Stillington, Yorks.  educ. Peterhouse, Camb. 1731.  m. May 1738, Maria Catherine, da. and h. of Henry Darcy of Sedbury, Yorks., 2s. 1da.  suc. uncle as 3rd Bt. 30 Nov. 1729.

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Hildyard was mentioned in November 1753 as a possible candidate for York at the forthcoming general election,1 but nothing came of it. He was returned for Great Bedwyn as the joint candidate of Lords Bruce and Verney, and paid £2,000 for his seat. He was classed in Dupplin’s list as Whig country gentleman. His only recorded vote was against Newcastle and Fox on the Minorca inquiry, 3 May 1757.2

He is not known to have stood again for Parliament. He firmly opposed the American war, and was one of the original members of the committee of the Yorkshire Association.  He died 1 Feb. 1781.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. W. Murray to Rockingham, 27 Nov. 1753, Rockingham mss.
  • 2. West to Newcastle, 3 May 1757, Add. 32871, f. 13.