Sir William Heathcote, 1st Baronet

Sir William Heathcote, 1st Baronet (15 March 1693 – 10 May 1751), of Hursley, Hampshire, was a British merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1722 and 1741.

Heathcote was the second son of Samuel Heathcote, Esq., of Hackney, Middlesex, younger brother of Sir Gilbert Heathcote, 1st Baronet,[1] and an intimate friend of John Locke, whom he assisted in his work of regulating the coin of this kingdom.

Hursley House

Heathcote was a successful merchant who purchased the Hursley estate in 1718. Between the years of 1721 and 1724 William built a red brick, Queen Anne style mansion now known as Hursley House on the site of a hunting lodge.

Heathcote represented Buckingham in the House of Commons from 1722 to 1727 and Southampton from 1729 to 1741.[2] On 16 August 1733 he was created a baronet, of Hursley in the County of Southampton.[1]

Heathcote married Elizabeth, only daughter of Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, in 1720. They had six sons and three daughters:

He died in 1751 and the estate and baronetcy passed to his son, Thomas.[1]

His sister, Lady DrakeEdit

Anne Lady Drake was baptized at Hackney anno 1702, and married Sir Francis Henry Drake, Bart. of Buckland in Dorsetshire. One of their sons was Francis William Drake, who married his first cousin, Sir William Heathcote's daughter, Elizabeth in 1763. Another son was Sir Francis Samuel Drake, 1st Baronet. The Hackney church records that "Lady Ann Drake, [was] buried Nov. 5, 1768."


  1. ^ a b c Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1906), Complete Baronetage volume 5 (1707–1800) – Hursley, 5, Exeter: William Pollard and Co, p. 97, retrieved 6 February 2019
  2. ^ "HEATHCOTE, William (1693–1751), of Hursley, Hants". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Alexander Denton
Richard Grenville
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
With: Richard Grenville 1722–1727
John Fane 1727
Succeeded by
John Fane
Thomas Lewis
Preceded by
Robert Eyre
Anthony Henley
Member of Parliament for Southampton
With: Anthony Henley 1727–1734
John Conduitt 1734–1737
Thomas Lee Dummer 1737–1741
Succeeded by
Peter Delmé
Edward Gibbon
Baronetage of Great Britain
New creation Baronet
(of Hursley)
Succeeded by
Thomas Heathcote