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Sir William Ashburnham, 2nd Baronet

Sir William Ashburnham, 2nd Baronet (1 April 1678 – 7 November 1755) was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1710 and 1741.

Ashburnham was the eldest surviving son of Sir Denny Ashburnham, 1st Baronet of Broomham and his wife Anne Watkins, daughter of Sir David Watkins.[1] In 1697, he succeeded his father in the baronetcy.[2] He married Margaret Pelham, daughter of Sir Nicholas Pelham on 7 June 1701.[2]

Ashburnham was appointed to a sinecure post as Chamberlain of the Exchequer in 1710 and held the post until his death.[3] At the 1710 general election he was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament for Hastings on the family interest but did not stand in 1713.[4] He was returned as MP for Seaford at the 1715 general election but resigned his seat in 1717 when he was granted another sinecure post as Commissioner of the Alienation Office. He returned to parliament as MP for Hastings at the 1722 general election and held the seat at the elections of 1727 and 1734. In 1735 he was appointed receiver of fines. In 1741 he resigned his seat in parliament through ill health but retained his government posts until his death.[5]

Ashburnham died on 7 November 1755 and was buried at Guestling in Sussex.[1] His marriage was childless and he was succeeded in the baronetcy by his younger brother Charles.[6]


  1. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Sir William Ashburnham, 2nd Bt". Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 294.
  3. ^ Haydn, Joseph (1851). The Book of Dignities: Containing Rolls of the Official Personages of the British Empire. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longman's. p. 236.
  4. ^ "ASHBURNHAM, Sir William, 2nd Bt. (1678-1755), of Broomham Park, Guestling, Suss". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  5. ^ "ASHBURNHAM, Sir William, 2nd Bt. (c.1677-1755), of Broomham, nr. Hastings, Suss". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  6. ^ Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 50.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Pulteney
John Ashburnham
Member of Parliament for Hastings
With: Sir Joseph Martin
Succeeded by
Archibald Hutcheson
Sir Joseph Martin
Preceded by
George Naylor
William Lowndes
Member of Parliament for Seaford
With: George Naylor
Succeeded by
George Naylor
Hon. Henry Pelham
Preceded by
Archibald Hutcheson
Henry Pelham
Member of Parliament for Hastings
With: Archibald Hutchinson 1722–1727
Thomas Townshend 1727–1728
Thomas Pelham 1728–1741
Succeeded by
James Pelham
Andrew Stone
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Denny Ashburnham
(of Bromham)
Succeeded by
Charles Ashburnham