BARKER, Sir William, 5th Bt. (?1685-1731), of Grimston Hall, Suff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1708 - 1713
1713 - 1715
31 Oct. 1722 - 23 July 1731

Family and Education

b. ?1685, o.s. of Sir John Barker, 4th Bt., M.P. Ipswich 1680-1, 1685-7, 1689-96, by Bridget, da. of Sir Nicholas Bacon of Shrubland, Suff. educ. Pembroke, Camb. 7 Apr. 1702, aged 16. m. (1) Mary (d. 1 Jan. 1716), da. and h. of John Bence of Heveningham, Suff., 1s., (2) 9 Feb. 1731, Anne, wid. of Edward Spencer of Rendlesham, Suff., s.p. suc. fa. July 1696.

Offices Held


At the end of the sixteenth century the Barkers, an Ipswich family, acquired Grimston Hall, eight miles from Ipswich, which they frequently represented. A Tory and a member of the October Club, Barker, after sitting for Ipswich and Thetford under Anne, was returned unopposed at a by-election for the county in 1722, speaking against the Government on the army estimates, 23 Nov. 1724, and the vote of credit on 12 Apr. 1727. Re-elected in 1727 after a contest, he spoke against the Government on a vote of credit, 7 May 1728, and on the civil list arrears, 23 and 24 Apr. 1729.1 He died 23 July 1731.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Knatchbull Diary, App. C. 127-8, and App. D. 132, 140-1.