BATTELEY, Samuel (c.1652-1714), of Horringer, nr. Bury St. Edmunds, Suff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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20 Feb. 1712 - 1713

Family and Education

b. c.1652, ?3rd s. of Nicholas Batteley (d. 1681), apothecary, of Bury St. Edmunds, alderman of Bury St. Edmunds 1668, 1680, by Anne.  educ. Bury St. Edmunds g.s.  m. (1) 21 Nov. 1682, Mary Bright (d. 1697) of Bury St. Edmunds, 2s. d.v.p. 3da. d.v.p.; (2) by 1699, Anne, at least 2s. d.v.p.

Offices Held

Common councilman, Bury St. Edmunds 1683–Mar. 1688, Oct. 1688–91, capital burgess 1691–d., alderman 1695–6, 1707–8.1


Two elder brothers having entered the Church, it was Batteley who carried on his father’s business as an apothecary. A loyal supporter of Lord Hervey’s (John*) interest in Bury St. Edmunds, he agreed to be put up by the corporation at a by-election in 1712 in order to hold the vacant seat as ‘trustee’ for Hervey’s son, Hon. Carr Hervey*, who was not quite of age and was in any case abroad at the time, and also to prevent Hervey’s rival Sir Robert Davers, 2nd Bt.*, from capturing it. A further inducement to let his name go forward may have been the imminent prospect of an appeal to the Lords against him, in respect of some Irish property he owned jointly with Reynolds Calthorpe*. By April 1712 Batteley was critically ill: he was officially absent from the House from 12 May. At the next election he duly gave up his seat to Carr Hervey.2

On 15 July 1714 Lord Hervey recorded that ‘my good friend and honest neighbour, Mr Samuel Batteley, died at his house in Horringer’. With no surviving children, Batteley’s heir was his nephew John, son of his brother Nicholas, rector of Ivychurch, Kent, and like him also a clergyman.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: D. W. Hayton


  • 1. Bury St. Edmunds G. S. List (Suff. Green Bks. xiii), 19–21; St. James, Bury St. Edmunds Par. Reg. (Suff. Green Bks. xvii), ii. 133, 212, 215, 223, 232, 235, 243; iii. 157, 172, 174, 185, 188–9, 193, 205, 216, 220; Gage, Thingoe Hundred, 501; Suff. RO (Bury St. Edmunds), Bury St. Edmunds bor. recs. EE500/D4/1/2, ff. 184, 219, 255; E500/D4/1/3(a), ff. 39, 244.
  • 2. Bury St. Edmunds G. S. List, 19–20; Hervey Letter Bks. i. 238, 316–17, 319, 325, 327–8; HMC Lords, n.s. ix. 198.
  • 3. Hervey Diary, 61; Bury St. Edmunds G. S. List, 19–20.