WARRE, Sir Francis, 1st Bt. (?1659-1718), of Hestercombe, nr. Taunton, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1685 - 1687
1689 - 1695
29 Nov. 1699 - 1700
17 Mar. 1701 - 30 Aug. 1715

Family and Education

b. ?1659, o.s. of Sir John Warre, M.P., of Hestercombe by Unton, da. of Francis Hawley, M.P., 1st Baron Hawley of Duncannon [I], wid. of John Malet of Enmore, Som. educ. Oriel, Oxf. 16 Oct. 1674, aged 15. m. (1) Anne (d. 24 Dec. 1690), da. and h. of Robert Cuffe of St. Michael Church, Som., 1s. d.v.p.; (2) Margaret, da. of John Harbin, merchant, of London and Yeovil, Som., 1s. d.v.p. 1da. suc. fa. 1669; cr. Bt. 2 June 1673.

Offices Held

Recorder, Bridgwater 1685, Taunton 1701; capt. Duke of Monmouth’s Ft. 1678; col. Taunton Regt.; vice-adm. Som. and Bristol; dep. lt. Som.


Warre, whose family had been seated at Hestercombe since 1375, was one of the largest landowners in Somerset.1 After representing Somerset boroughs as a Tory in ten Parliaments he was re-elected for Taunton in 1715 but unseated on petition. In September 1715 he gave Sir William Wyndham a letter from Lord Lansdowne about arrangements for the rebellion projected in the west country, which was found by the officer sent to arrest Wyndham. Arrested but released a few months later,2 he died at Ghent 1 Dec. 1718.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Collinson, Som. iii. 259-63; Rev. F. Brown, Som. Wills, iv. 131 n.2.
  • 2. HMC Stuart, ii. 204.