BOND, Denis (1676-1747), of Creech Grange, Dorset.
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Family and Education
b. 10 Dec. 1676, 1st s. of Nathaniel Bond* by his 2nd w. educ. I. Temple 1695, called 1703, bencher 1728, treasurer 1739. m. (settlement 2 July 1729) Leonora Sophia, 2nd da. of Sir William Dutton Colt, envoy to Hanover, Hesse and Saxony 1689–93, bro. of Sir Henry Dutton Colt, 1st Bt.*, and John Dutton Colt*, and wid. of Edmund Dummer* of Swaythling, Hants, s.p. suc. fa. 1707.1
Freeman, Dorchester 1707, recorder 1707–15; freeman, Weymouth and Melcombe Regis 1707–d., Poole 1719–d., Wareham 1724–d.2
Carrier of the King’s letters 1714–d.; commr. forfeited estates 1716–25; member, cttee. of management, Charitable Corp. 1725–32.3
A lawyer like his father, Bond was mooted as a candidate for Poole in February 1701 and a year later stood for Wareham, albeit unsuccessfully. In the run-up to the 1708 election, the Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley*) described him as an ally of the ‘deluded Whigs’, by whom he meant the Junto. Returned for Dorchester at a by-election in 1709, Bond made no mark in the Commons during his brief tenure in this period and did not stand in 1713. Returned once more in 1715, he was classified as a Whig both in the Worsley list and in another comparative analysis of the two Parliaments. Bond continued to support the Whigs until he was expelled from the House in 1732 for his involvement in the frauds of the Charitable Corporation. He died on 30 Jan. 1747.4