PRIDEAUX, Sir Edmund, 4th Bt. (?1646-1720), of Netherton, Devon.
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b. ?1646, 1st s. of Sir Peter Prideaux, 3rd Bt., M.P., of Netherton by Elizabeth, da. of Sir Bevil Granville of Stowe, Cornw., sis. of John Granville, M.P., 1st Earl of Bath. educ. Oriel, Oxf. 18 Apr. 1663, aged 16; I. Temple, called 1680. m. (1) 23 Feb. 1673, Susanna (d. Oct. 1687), da. of James Winstanley of Branston, Leics., wid. of John Austin of Derhams, Mdx., 2s. 1da.; (2) c.1695, Elizabeth (d. 1 May 1702), da. and coh. of Hon. George Saunderson of South Thoresby, Lincs., 1s.; (3) 5 Sept. 1710, Mary, da. of Spencer Vincent, alderman of London, wid. of Sir John Rogers, 1st Bt., of Wiscombe, Devon, s.p. suc. fa. 22 Nov. 1705.
Of an ancient family, who had long represented Cornish and Devonshire boroughs, Prideaux was patron of the living of Tregony, whose incumbent exercised an important electoral influence in the borough.1 Returned for Tregony in 1715 as a Tory who might often vote with the Whigs, he voted with the Administration, except on the peerage bill in 1719, when he was absent. He died 6 Feb. 1720.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: Eveline Cruickshanks
- 1. Lysons, Magna Britannia (1738), i. 361; J. Wolrige to Sir Robt. Walpole, 1 July 1727, Cholmondeley (Houghton) mss.