WAY, Benjamin (1740-1808), of Denham Place, Bucks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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4 Feb. 1765 - 1768

Family and Education

b. 18 Sept. 1740, 1st s. of Lewis Way by his 3rd w. Abigail, da. and h. of Edward Lockey of Holms Hill, Herts., and h. to her gt.-gd.-fa. Sir Roger Hill, M.P., of Denham Place, Bucks.  educ. Eton c.1753-7; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1758; I. Temple 1752, called 1762, bencher 1797.  m. 10 Nov. 1767, Elizabeth Anne, da. of Rev. William Cooke, rector of Denham, provost of King’s, Camb., 7s. 9da. His sis. Abigail m. 26 May 1767, J. B. Holroyd.

Offices Held

Director, South Sea Co. 1763, sub-gov. 1794-1807.


Way had family connexions and property at Bridport, and in 1765 was returned unopposed. In Rockingham’s lists of July 1765 and November 1766 he was classed as ‘doubtful’. He voted against the Chatham Administration on the land tax, 27 Feb. 1767, and on the nullum tempus bill, 17 Feb. 1768. Apparently he never spoke in the House. He did not stand again in 1768.

He died 22 Aug. 1808.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond