MORICE, William II (c.1660-88), of Werrington, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

b. c.1660, 1st s. of Sir William Morice, 1st Bt. by his 1st w. educ. travelled abroad (France) 1677. m. 1687, Anne, da. and coh. of Richard Lower, MD, of Covent Garden, Westminster and St. Tudy, Cornw., s.p.1

Offices Held

Havener, duchy of Cornw. 1676-d.; freeman, Lyme Regis 1680.2


Morice seems to have been more ambitious than his father, who passed over to him a duchy of Cornwall post on his grandfather’s death. He regained the family seat at Newport in 1681, no doubt as a supporter of the country party, since he displaced an opponent of exclusion, William Coryton. He was re-elected in 1685, but left no trace on the records of either Parliament. In June 1688 the King’s agents expected him to retain his seat, but his health had long given cause for alarm, and he was buried at Werrington in the same month. His widow married Charles Trelawny.

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Gillian Hampson


  • 1. N. and Q. cxcii. 178; Buller (Antony) mss, BC26/15.
  • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. iii. 1125; Lyme Regis mss B6/11.