HARVEY, William II (1689-1742), of Winchlow Hall, Hempstead, Essex

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1710 - 1713

Family and Education

b. 20 Apr. 1689, 1st s. of William Harvey I*.  educ. Christ Church, Oxf. 1705.  m. c.1714, Mary, da. and h. of Ralph Williamson of Berwick, Northumb., 3s. 2da. (d.v.p.)  suc. fa. 1731.1

Offices Held

Verderer, Epping Forest, 1738–d.2


Returned for Old Sarum on his father’s interest in 1710, Harvey was classed as a Tory in the ‘Hanover list’. A Member of the October Club, he was included in the 1710–11 session among the ‘worthy patriots’ who had helped to detect the mismanagements of the previous administration. On 18 June 1713 he voted in favour of the French commerce bill. Unsuccessful for Old Sarum in 1713 he did not stand again, despite his father asking the Earl of Strafford in October 1719 to find him a constituency. However, his three sons, William, Eliab and Edward, all sat subsequently. Harvey retired to Hempstead, where, following his marriage, his father had settled upon him an annuity of £1,200. He died intestate on 24 Dec. 1742 at Chigwell, an inherited property where he had lived from at least 1723, and was buried in Hempstead church.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Paula Watson / Henry Lancaster


  • 1. Misc. Gen. et Her. ser. 2, iii. 334.
  • 2. W. Harvey, Harvey Fam. Ped. 8, 14.
  • 3. Ibid. 14; Add. 22221, ff. 425, 432; PROB 6/119, f. 39.