AISLABIE, William (?1699-1781), of Studley Royal, nr. Ripon, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1 Apr. 1721 - 17 May 1781

Family and Education

b. ?1699, 1st s. of John Aislabie, M.P., chancellor of the Exchequer 1728-21, by his 1st w. Anne, da. of Sir William Rawlinson of Hendon, Mdx. m. (1) c.1722, Lady Elizabeth Cecil (d.6 Apr. 1733), da. of John, 6th Earl of Exeter, 2s. (d.v.p.) 5da.; (2) 6 Sept. 1745, Elizabeth, da. of Sir Charles Vernon, 1s. (d.v.p.) 1da. suc. fa. 1742.

Offices Held

Auditor of the imprest 1738- d.; registrar of consist. ct. of York 1749- d.


Aislabie controlled both seats at Ripon, and always returned a relation for the second seat. He had opposed Walpole, and under the Pelham Administration wavered a good deal. In Newcastle’s list of 1754 he was classed as ‘doubtful’. After 1754 he generally supported Government, but was thoroughly independent. He held his two places for life.

Aislabie does not appear in Fox’s list of Members supporting the peace preliminaries, nor did he vote against them. His first recorded speech in the new reign was on the motion for a committee of accounts