HAYNE, William (c.1665-1698), of Dartmouth, Devon

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1689 - 1698

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b. c.1665, 1st s. of John Hayne, merchant, of Dartmouth by Marcella, da. of Lawrence Wheeler, merchant, of Dartmouth.  m. lic. 27 Aug. 1695, aged 30, Anne. da. of Henry Tichborne of All Hallows, Barking, Essex and Send, Surr., s.psuc. fa. 1684.1

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Hayne, who held considerable property in Dartmouth, was a local merchant and shipowner, in partnership with Sir John Frederick† in the Spanish trade. In 1690 he was returned for the borough on the interest of Joseph Herne*, who had succeeded Frederick as head of the firm. Hayne was listed in March 1690 as a Tory by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) and later as a Court supporter by Grascome. Unopposed in 1695, he was forecast in January 1696 as likely to oppose the government over the proposed council of trade, and at the end of February signed the Association. He was found to be absent without leave at a call of the House on 2 Nov. 1696, missed the division on the Sir John Fenwick† attainder bill, and was eventually granted leave of absence on 17 Dec. Granted leave again on 7 May 1698, he died shortly after making his will on 1 July. In a comparative analysis of the old and new Parliaments he was posthumously noted as having been a supporter of the Country party.

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Trans. Devon Assoc. xliii.19; Mar. Lic. Fac. Off. (Harl. Soc. xxiv), 217.