BAYLY, Nicholas (1709-82), of Plas Newydd, Anglesey.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1734 - 1741
1747 - 1761
12 Apr. 1770 - 1774

Family and Education

b. 1709, 1st s. of Sir Edward Bayly, 1st Bt., of Plas Newydd by Dorothy, da. of Hon. Oliver Lambart and gd.-da. of Charles Lambart, 1st Earl of Cavan [I]; educ. Trinity, Dublin 1726. m. (1) 19 Apr. 1737, Caroline (d. 7 Feb. 1766), da. and h. of Brig.-Gen. Thomas Paget, 6s. 5da.; (2) Anne Hunter. suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 28 Sept. 1741.

Offices Held

Ld. lt. Anglesey 1761-d.; custos rot. 1759-d.


The son of a leading Anglesey Whig, who had obtained a baronetcy in 1730, Bayly was returned unopposed for his county with Tory support as an anti-Administration candidate in 1734, voting against the Spanish convention in 1739. In 1741 he was defeated by a Tory candidate, despite a circular letter on his behalf from Watkin Williams Wynn stating: ‘His behaviour, I assure you, in Parliament has been unexceptionable’.1 He recovered his seat without a contest in 1747, when he was classed as Opposition, subsequently attaching himself to the Prince of Wales.2 He died 9 Dec. 1782.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Peter D.G. Thomas


  • 1. UCNW, Penrhos mss 1335.
  • 2. Namier & Brooke, i. 68.