HARDRES, Sir William, 4th Bt. (1686-1736), of Hardres Court, nr. Canterbury, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1711 - 1713
1713 - 1715
1727 - 11 Apr. 1735

Family and Education

b. 25 July 1686, o.s. of Sir Thomas Hardres, 3rd Bt., by Ursula, da. of Sir William Rooke of Horton, Kent. m. (lic. 26 Mar. 1712) Elizabeth, da. of Richard Thomas of Lamberhurst, Kent, wid. of William Disher of London, merchant, 2s. 2da. suc. fa. 23 Feb. 1688.

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Hardres, whose family had been settled in Kent since the 13th century, was returned as a Tory under Anne but did not stand in 1715. In 1721 his name was sent to the Pretender as a probable supporter in the event of a rising.1 Returned for Canterbury in 1727, after unsuccessfully contesting it in 1722, his only recorded vote was against the Government on the Hessians in 1730. He was re-elected in 1734 but when a petition was presented against him he ‘dropped his friends and quitted’.2 He died 8 July 1736.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: A. N. Newman


  • 1. Stuart mss 65/16.
  • 2. Notebook of William Gray, Canterbury city archives.