A'COURT, William (c.1708-81), of Heytesbury, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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25 Jan. 1751 - 2 Aug. 1781

Family and Education

b. c.1708, 2nd s. of Pierce A’Court of Ivy Church. m. 22 Feb. 1746, Annabella, da. and coh. of Thomas Vernon of Twickenham Park, Mdx., 1s. suc. bro. Pierce A’Court Ashe 1768, taking add. name of Ashe.

Offices Held

Ensign 11 Ft. 1726; cornet 4 Drags. 1729; lt. and capt. 2 Ft. Gds. 1738, capt. and lt.-col. 1745, 2nd maj. and col. 1755; maj.-gen. 1759; 1st maj. 2 Ft. Gds. Apr. 1762, lt.-col. Aug. 1762-Dec. 1763; lt.-gen. 1765; col. 11 Ft. 1765-d.; gen. 1778.


William A’Court, who had served in Flanders during the war of the Austrian succession, claimed that during the rebellion of 1745 he raised a force of 95 men at his own expense.1 Brought in by his brother at Heytesbury in 1751, he was classed as a government supporter in 1754. With his brother he went into opposition under George III. He died 2 Aug. 1781.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. A'Court to Newcastle, 18 July 1754, Add. 32736, f. 55.