LONG, Sir James, 5th Bt. (?1681-1729), of Draycot Cerne, nr. Chippenham, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1705 - 1713
1715 - 1722
1727 - 16 Mar. 1729

Family and Education

b. ?1681, 3rd s. of James Long (who d.v.p., o.s. of Sir James Long, 2nd Bt., M.P.) by his 1st w. Susan, da. of Col. Giles Strangways, M.P., of Melbury, Dorset. educ. Balliol, Oxf. 1 Feb. 1699, aged 17. m. 9 June 1702, Henrietta, da. of Fulke Greville, M.P., 5th Baron Brooke, of Beauchamps Court, 2s. 4da. suc. bro. Sir Giles Long, 4th Bt., 1697.

Offices Held


The Longs of Drayton were a branch of the ancient Wiltshire family of Long of Wraxall, a line of squires most of whom had, since the fifteenth century, represented either the county or one of the Wiltshire boroughs. Sir James Long, a Tory and member of the October Club, after sitting for Chippenham under Anne, was returned unopposed for Wootton Bassett, the other neighbouring borough, in 1715, voting against the Government in all recorded divisions. In 1721 his name was sent to the Pretender as a probable supporter in the event of a rising.1 Returned unopposed for his county in 1727, he died 16 Mar. 1729.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Stuart mss 65/16.