HEATH, Richard (?1706-52), of Argyle Bldgs., Westminster.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - 5 Feb. 1752

Family and Education

b. ?1706, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Heath of Hatchlands, East Clandon, Surr. by his w. née Hubert of Boys Court, Kent. educ. Westminster Apr. 1718, aged 12; Magdalen, Oxf. 1 Nov. 1722, aged 16. m. Bridget, da. of John Nicholas of West Horsley, Surr. (bro. of Edward Nicholas), 1s. 1da. suc. fa. c.1716.

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Heath was the grandson of Sir Richard Heath, one of James II’s judges, who purchased the manor of East Clandon in 1692. On his father’s death the manor was sold under a private act of 1718 to pay the debts encumbering the estate. For some years Heath continued to reside in the family mansion at Hatchlands in Clandon, which, heavily mortgaged by him, was eventually sold to Edward Boscawen in 1749.1 He was returned for Bossiney in 1747 by Thomas Pitt as a member of the Prince of Wales’s party and was classed as Opposition. He died 4 Feb. 1752, leaving the Rev. Thomas Yale Caverley, chaplain to the Princess of Wales, as his executor and guardian of his only son, Nicholas.2

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. VCH Surr. iii. 345; Manning & Bray, Surr. iii. 47-48; CJ, xviii. 578.
  • 2. PCC 187 Bettesworth.