OLIPHANT, Charles (c.1665-1719).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1710 - 9 Dec. 1719

Family and Education

b. c.1665, 2nd s. of Charles Oliphant of Langton, ?Edinburgh, a principal clerk of the court of session, by Barbara, da. of Patrick Kinloch of Alderston, Haddington. educ. Edinburgh Univ., M.A. 1684, M.D. by 1713, F.R.S. 1713. m. a da. of Sir John Young of Leny, Edinburgh, 1da.

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Descended from the 3rd Lord Oliphant, Charles Oliphant was a physician and the author of a treatise on the treatment of fevers published in 1699. Returned by the Duke of Argyll for Ayr Burghs, classed in 1715 as a Whig who would often vote with the Tories, he voted with the Government on the septennial bill in 1716 and the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts in 1719. His eldest brother, James, was in 1713 appointed first underkeeper of the Queen’s wardrobe in Scotland, retaining the office after George I’s accession. His younger brother, William, voted as Lord Oliphant in an election of representative peers in 1750 but did not assume the title. He died 9 Dec. 1719.

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Author: J. M. Simpson