HARVEY, William (1663-1731), of Chigwell, Essex.
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bap. 18 Dec. 1663, o. surv. s. of Sir Eliab Harvey, M.P., of Chigwell by Dorothy, da. of Sir Thomas Whitmore, 1st Bt., M.P., of Apley, Salop; cos. of Edward Harvey. educ. St. Paul’s; Trinity, Camb. 1680. m. 23 Nov. 1680, Dorothy, da. and h. of Sir Robert Dycer, 2nd Bt., of Wrentham, Suff., wid. of his e. bro. Eliab, 3s. 3da. suc. fa. 1699.
The grandson of a rich Turkey merchant, whose brother Daniel was the grandfather of Edward Harvey of Coombe, William Harvey was a Tory country gentleman and a member of the October Club, with an income of £5,000-£6,000 a year.1 Returned in 1715 at a by-election for Essex, after contesting Bridport unsuccessfully, he voted against the septennial bill before being unseated on petition. Re-elected for Essex in 1722, he did not stand in 1727, dying 31 Oct. 1731.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: Romney R. Sedgwick
- 1. Add. 22248, f. 91.