WESTFALING, Herbert (c.1699-1773), of Rudhale, Herefs.

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

Family and Education

b. c.1699, s. of Herbert Rudhale Westfaling, M.P., of Rudhale, Herefs. by Anne, da. and h. of Charles Chappell of Battersea.  educ. Merton, Oxf. 1717; L. Inn 1717.  suc. fa. 1743.

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Westfaling came of an old Herefordshire family. In 1734 and 1741 he stood unsuccessfully at Hereford (which his father and grandfather had represented). In 1747 he tried again and was heavily defeated. He was not a candidate in 1754 when Charles Fitzroy Scudamore, returned at the Fitzroy borough of Thetford, was also elected at Hereford. Scudamore yielded his seat at Thetford to Westfaling, which suggests a previous arrangement between them.

Westfaling is not known to have spoken in the House, and no vote by him is recorded, but when on 28 July 1757 he wrote to Newcastle asking for ‘employment under his Majesty’ he talked of ‘forty years service from my father and myself ... constantly in the same interest with your Grace’. On 5 Jan. 1758, encouraged by Newcastle’s ‘friendly answer’, Westfaling applied for a commissionership of Excise, but was unsuccessful.1 He did not stand in 1761.

He died 28 Apr. 1773.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Add. 32872, f. 376; 32877, f. 37.