WESTFALING, Herbert Rudhale (?1671-1743), of Rudhall, Herefs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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12 Mar. 1717 - 1727

Family and Education

b. ?1671, s. of Herbert Westfaling, M.P., of Rudhall by Ann, da. of Sir Thomas Edwards, 1st Bt., of Greete, Salop. educ. Magdalen Hall, Oxf. 22 Mar. 1689, aged 17; G. Inn 1688. m. (lic. 12 Jan. 1695) Anne, da. and h. of Charles Chappell of Battersea, 5s. suc. fa. 1705.

Offices Held

Commr. for stating army debts 1720-2.


Westfaling was descended from Herbert Westfaling, bishop of Hereford 1585-1602. His father, M.P. Hereford 1660 and 1661-79, inherited the house and a considerable part of the estates of the Rudhales, one of the oldest Herefordshire families, into which the Westfalings had married. Westfaling himself was closely connected, both in politics and business, with the Duke of Chandos, who referred to him as ‘cousin Westfaling’.1 Returned as a Whig for Hereford in 1717, after contesting it unsuccessfully with the support of Chandos and Lord Coningsby in 1715,2 he voted for the peerage bill in 1719. He was re-elected unopposed in 1722, when Chandos instructed his local agent to exert himself to the utmost for him.3 In 1727 he stood with Chandos’s son, Lord Carnarvon, but withdrew on a compromise to secure Carnarvon’s election.4 He did not stand again, dying November 1743.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Baker, Jas. Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, 80, 290.
  • 2. Chandos to Westfaling and Ld. Coningsby, 31 Dec. 1714, Chandos letter bks.
  • 3. Chandos to Capt. Herring, 8 Mar. 1722, ibid.
  • 4. Chandos to Sir Robt. Walpole, 19 Aug., and to Westfaling, 25 Aug. 1727, ibid.