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BERTIE, Charles (aft.1674-1730), of Uffington, nr. Stamford, Lincs.
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b. aft. 1674, o. s. of Hon. Charles Bertie I*. m. 14 Sept. 1704, Mary (with over £20,000), da. and h. of John Norborne of Great Stukeley, Hunts., 3s. 1da. suc. fa. 1711.1
Guided by his father, Bertie was politically active from at least 1702, when he became a freeholder of Northamptonshire in readiness for the county contest, and at the general election of 1705 he helped to mobilize support for the Tory candidates in that shire. It was not until 1711 that he gained a parliamentary seat, when returned on a family interest for Stamford at a by-election caused by the death of his father. The presence of several of his kinsmen in the Parliaments of 1710 and 1713 makes it impossible to establish his general contribution to Commons’ business. However, he followed the lead of his kinsman, the 2nd Earl of Abingdon (Montagu Venables-Bertie*), in voting in June 1713 against the French commerce bill. He evidently did not sever all links with his party, for the Worsley list classed him as a Tory, and after 1715 he remained in opposition, voting against the septennial bill. He died on 12 Apr. 1730, leaving substantial inheritances to his younger offspring, and was succeeded by his son Charles, who did not choose a parliamentary career.2