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The parliamentary history of the county of Worcester : including the city of Worcester, and the boroughs of Bewdly, Droitwich, Dudley, Evesham, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Pershore, from the earliest times to the present day, 1213-1897 ; with biographical and genealogical notices of the members online

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mentioned William, 2nd Lord Butler, who died 1647. Of their five
sons, the eldest George Porter was Groom of the Bedchamber to
Charles II. ; the 2nd son Charles was killed in the war against the
Scots 1640; and the yst. son James Porter was Vice Chamberlain to
James II. Endymion Porter made his will 26 March 1639, his
executors being his wife Olive, and the Earls of Worcester and New-
castle. He was one of the handsomest men of his time, and many
particulars concerning him may be found in Clarendon's and Rapines
Histories, and in Evelyn'' s Memoirs. There exist several portraits of him
by Vandyck, but especially a family piece of himself, his wife, and three
of his sons, which is esteemed one of that painter's finest productions,

1646. Dec. Thomas Rainsborough.
Edward Wilde.

vice Porter and Sandys disabled to sit.

Edward Wilde, apparently son of Sir Edward W. of Kempsey,
by Dorothy dau. and heir of Sir Francis Clarke of Houghton Conquest,



134 Members for Droitwich.

CO. Bedford, and cousin to Chief Baron Wilde (see County 1640),
matric. Ch. Ch. Oxford 29 Nov. 1633, aged 15, barr.-at-law Inner
Tenfiple 1644, and was one of the Committee of the Navy in 1650, He
sat as M.P. 1646-53, but seems to have been dead before 1659.

Major-General Thomas Rainsborough was the son of Capt.
William Rainsborough, a gallant sailor, who was Admiral of the English
Fleet employed against the Turks at Sallee in June 1637 (see Cartes
History of England, vol. 4, p. 231), and afterwards was M.P. for
Aldeburgh (Suffolk), March to May 1640, and Oct. 1640 till his death
in 1642. (His burial on 16 Feb, 1642 as the Grand Admiral and
General Caprain Rainsborough is mentioned in Cal. State Papers).
The son was brought up at sea, and commanded the Swallotv of 34
guns in 1643. ^^ took a very active part in the Civil War on the side
of Parliament, and, had he lived, would probably have proved a thorn
in Cromwell's side. As was not unusual at that time, he held command
on land, as well as on sea, and with the rank of Colonel assisted Fairfax
in the defence of Hull, but was taken prisoner in the sally which raised the
siege. He fought at Naseby, took part in the siege of Bristol, and was
Governor of Woodstock and Taunton On 3 May 1643 "the humble
petition of Capt. Thomas Rainsborough was read and ordered to be
referred to the Committee for Irish affairs, to take order for the speedy
relief and satisfaction of Petitioner," and on 17 June 1643, " Upon the
petition of Capt. Thomas Rainsborough complaining that being Vice
Admiral to the Lord Forbes in the late Irish expedition and Commissary
General of land forces he had overpaid certain sums, and asking for
payment to him back again, all suits vvere stayed against him till his
return, he being Captain of the Lyon under the Earl of Warwick." On 4
Nov. 1643, '"upon petition of Margaret wife of Col. Thomas Rainsborough
it was resolved, that this House approve of the exchange of Capt. Kettleby,
prisoner to the Parliament here at London, for Col. T. R. now prisoner
to the Earl of Newcastle, and taken at the siege at Hull." (Commons
'Journal). He appears to have been Col. of a reg. 1643 to April 1645
chiefly stationed in Lincolnshire, and in Nov. 1644 he was endeavouring
to reduce Crowland and to secure the Isle of Ely. The Committee of
both Kingdoms ordered 7 May 1645 that orders be sent him to march
up to join Cromwell. On 30 Sept. 1645 Sir Harry Vane jun. wrote to
his father, stating that " Berkeley Castle has surrendered to Col. Rains-
borough upon composition, since the taking of Devizes.' He was at
this period very actively employed. Being app. by the House to
command the foot at Banbury 10 Feb. 1646, he was ordered 9 March
to Reading to dispose of the recruits as he thought best, " the Henley
horse to receive orders from (]!ol. R." He and Col. Fleetwood were
ordered to block up Oxford 28 March, and on 3 April he was actively
engaged in besieging Woodstock Manor, the Committee of the Army
being ordered 10 April to furnish him with ^100. Sir W. Fleetewood
and John Ashbournham received the King's instructions 25 April 1646,
to treat with Col. R. for His Majesty's safe conduct to London. He



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succeeded Col. Edward Whalley in the siege of Worcester about lo July,
and the City surrendered to him 19 July 1646. In 1647 Col. R., who
was not wanting in the energy requisite for leading a party, was in favour
of the demands of the Independent Agitators, and called for the
punishment of those who had entered into an understanding with the
King. {Ranke's History). On 16 May 1647 he was making preparations
to reduce Jersey. He was sent by the army at Hounslow Heath to take
possession of the city 3 Aug. 1647. On 20 Sept. 1647, "high language
passed between him and Cromwell at a Council of War," while on
4 Nov. " Cols. Rainsborough and Pride and Henry Martin have won
Cromwell through fear to side against the King." On 15 Nov.
"Col. R. has tried to prevent a division in the army. He and Martin
laboured to impeach Cromwell of treason," but the tables turned, for on
18 Nov. " Col. R. and Major Scott are suspended the House." Peace
was soon, however, made between him and Cromwell. The House of
Commons app. him 27 Sept. 1647, to be " Captain of the ship Happy
Entrance, and Vice Admiral of the Fleet app. for the next Winter
Guard," to which proposition the House agreed 2 Oct., while on
8 Oct. the Commons also nominated him Commander in Chief of
the said Fleet, and ordered him to watch the Isle of Wight
with 4 ships 22 Dec. 1647, as they greatly feared that the
King would be rescued from Carisbrooke Castle. The Commons
gave their Warrant 3 Nov. 1647 to pay him ;^iooo for arrears. When
he went to rejoin his naval command in the spring, after an absence of
some time on shore, a mutiny broke out among the Fleet in the Downs,
commenced on his own ship, which would not receive him aboard again.
Whether it was occasioned by his own faults, for he was a man of a
rough imperious nature, or whether it was owing to a dislike to serve
under a land officer, the result was nearly being disastrous to the
Parliament, for Rainsborough, who narrowly escaped being hanged
by his own sailors, was put into a boat and sent on shore, while
prompted by the secret agents of the royalists, whose hopes rose high
on this occasion, about half the fleet weighed anchor, and sailing over
to Holland placed themselves under the command of the Duke of York.
An interesting account is given in Lord Clarendon^s History of the
Rebellion of the incidents attending Col. Rainsborough's death, which
took place at Doncaster 29 Oct. 1648, when he was surprised at night
in his bed, by a party of the garrison of Pomfret Castle, and afterwards
killed to prevent his escape. This event made a great stir at the time,
for " there was not an officer in the army whom Cromwell would not as
willingly have lost as this man, who was bold and barbarous to his wish,
and fit to be intrusted in the most desperate interest. He was bred at
sea and was son of an eminent commander at sea lately dead, but he
himself, from the time of the new model, had been an officer of foot in
the army, and was a Colonel of special note and account, and of
Cromwell's chief confidents." The Commons on 3 Nov. ordered " that
it be specially recommended to Lord General Crumwell forthwith to



126 Members for Droitwich.

make a strict and exact scrutiny of the manner of the horrid murder of
Col. R. and to certify the same to the House." A Letter from London
dated 9 Nov. 1648, to be found in the Clarendon Papers, gives an
account of his death at Doncaster by Capt. Palden's party of horse. On
17 Dec. 1650 information was laid before the Committee for Advance of
Money against Robert Portington, of Hatfield, Yorkshire, "that he was
a soldier and officer, for the King through the war in Pontefract Castle,
confederate with the party that killed Col. R." Parliament ordered 22
June 1650 that his widow should have "^100 at once and ;^2oo a year
till an Act be passed for settling lands upon her," and on 23 Sept. 1653
Somerton manor, Somerset, was bought by Major John Wildman for
Margaret widow of Col. T. R. and William her son in payment of
;^3,ooo granted them by Parliament to pay Col. R.'s debts, while on 18
July 1654 West Derby and Treales manor, Lancashire, were also
purchased for them.

1648. Dec. 7. George Wylde (see 1628), vice Rainsborow
deceased. Mr. Wylde d. 15 Jan. 1650, and the vacancy remained
unfilled till the Long Parliament was forcibly expelled by Cromwell
20 April 1653.

1653, July. 1654, July. 1656, Aug. No Members summoned
from Droitwich.

1659. Jan. John Wylde (see Co. 1640).

Edward Saloway.

Edward Salway of Stanford, eldest son of Humphrey S. (see Co.
1640), born 1603, matric. Bras. Coll. Oxon. 10 Nov. 162 1, aged 18,
barr.-at-law Inner Temple 1635, m. Dorothy 3rd dau. of Sir Erasmus
Dryden Bt. of Canon's Ashby, co. Northants, was app. an Assessment
Commr. for co. Wore. 1656, and sat for Droitwich Jan. to April 1659.
His yst. brother was killed in the Civil war.

1660. April 9. Samuel Sandys sen.

Hon. Thomas Coventry.

As to Samuel Sandys sen. see the County 1661.

Hon. Thomas Coventry of Snitterfield, co. Warwick, younger
son of Thomas 2nd Lord Coventry (see Co. 1628), b. 1629, m.
(i) before 1670 Winifred (who d. 11 June 1694) dau. of Pierce
Edgcumbe of Mount Edgcumbe, Devon, (2) 16 July 1695 (license
dated 13 May), " Mrs. Elizabeth Graham of Croome Dabitot,
spinster, about 25," dau. of Richard Grimes of St. Giles, Cripple-
gale, was M.P. Droitwich April to Dec. i6t)0, CamcUord 1661-79,



Members for Droitwich. 127

Warwick Feb. to March 1681, and 1685-7, J. P. co. Wore. 10 July 1660,
succ. his nephew John as 5th Lord Coventry 25 July 1687, was created
Earl of Coventry 26 April 1697, Lord Lieut, co. Wore, Custos
Rotulorum 22 June 1689, High Steward of Worcester, and of Evesham
1687, and d. 15 July 1699.

1 66 1. April 18. Hon. Henry Coventry.
Samuel Sandys jun.

Hon. Henry Coventry, of Enfield, 4th son of Lord Keeper
Coventry (see 1620), b. 16 18, matric. Queen's Coll. Oxon. 20 April
1632, aged 14, Fellow of All Souls Coll., B.A. 16 Dec. 1633, created
M.A. 31 Aug. 1636, B.C.L. 26 June 1638, of the Inner Temple 1633.
He was in exile with Charles H., who app. him a Groom of the
Bedchamber 1661, was M.P. Droitwich 1661-81, P.C. 3 July 1672,
re-sworn 21 April 1679, Envoy to Sweden July 1664-6, and again
1671-2, Ambassador to the Congress at Breda April 1667, Chancellor
of Llandaff, one of the two Principal Secretaries of State 18 July 1672-80
Feb., a member of the Board of Trade 20 Oct. 1668, a Lord of the
Admiralty 9 July 1673-7 Sept., one of the Commrs. to manage the
estates of James Duke of Monmouth in Scotland and elsewhere during
his minority 18 Jan. 1665, and d. in London unm. 7 Dec. 1686, bur. in
the Church of St. Martin in the Fields. By his will he left his estate at
Hampton Lovett to erect and endow a Hospital at Droitwich for 24
poor people.

Samuel Sandys jun, of Ombersley, eldest son of Col. Samuel S.
(see Co. 1661), b 1638, m. Elizabeth only dau. of Sir John Pettus Knt.
of Cheston Hall, Suffolk, sat for Droitwich 1661-81, 1685-7, 1689-90,
and d. 4 Aug. 1701, aged 63, bur. in Ombersley Church.

1679. Feb. 24, The same, re-elected 5 Sept. 1679.

1681. Feb. 21. Rt. Hon. Henry Coventry.

Samuel Sandys sen. (See Co. 1661).

1685. March 23. Hon. Thomas Windsor. T.

Samuel Sandys jun. (See 1661). W.

Hon. Thomas Windsor, 2nd son of Thomas ist Earl of
Plymouth, was b, 1668, was a Page of Honour to James H. (salary
;^i78 a year) 1685-7, app. Cornet of his father's Independent Troop of
Horse 18 June 1685, (which was raised in co. Worcester, but
incorporated into his father's regt. of Horse after the Battle of
Sedgemoor in that year), Capt. of his father's regt. of Horse
15 Oct. 1687, Lieut.-Col. of the same 29 May 1690, and Colonel
thereof i8 May 17 12, Capt. of Sir John Fenwick's regt. of Horse Nov.



J28 Members for Droitwich.

1687. He distinguished himself in the Irish and Flemish wars of
William III., who after his return from Ireland made him a Groom of
the Bedchamber, which post he held till the King's death in 1702, and
a Col. of Foot Feb. 1693, and created him Viscount Windsor in the
Peerage of Ireland 19 June 1699. His lordship who was adm. an Hon.
Freeman of Worcester 1685, was made Brigadier-General 9 March
1702, Major-Gen. i Feb. 1705, and Lieut.-Gen. i Jan. 1709, served in
the ist Horse, and was Col. 3rd Dragoon Guards 18 May 1712-38. He
m. 1704 Charlotte widow of John 2nd Lord Jeffreys of Wem (son of the
notorious Chancellor), and dau. and heir of Philip Earl of Pembroke
(who d. 1683 leaving her heir to his Monmouthshire and Glamorgan
estates). He unsucc. cont. Evesham March and July 1698, and sat for
Droitwich (being chosen at the age of 17) 1685-7, and (as Viscount
Windsor) for Bramber (Sussex) 1705-8, for which he was also elected
1708 (but uns. on petition Jan. 1709), and 17 10, but being likewise
chosen for co. Monmouth 1708 and 17 10 he preferred to sit for
Monmouthshire 1708 till 31 Dec. 17 11 when he was created a Peer of
Great Britain as Lord Mountjoy, being one of the 12 Peers created at
that date, of whom a witty opponent asked if they voted by their
foreman. Lord Windsor d. 8 June 1738, and on the death of his son
in 1758 the titles became extinct.



1689. Jan. 14. Samuel Sandys (see 1661). W.

Richard Lord Coote of Coloony. W.

Only son of Richard ist Lord Coote of Ireland, whom he succ.
10 July 1683, m. Catherine dau. and heir of Bridges Nanfan of
Bridgemorton (see Co. 1681), was attainted by King James' Parliament
in Ireland in 1689, created Earl of Bellomont of Ireland 2 Nov. 1689,
M.P. Droitwich 1689-95, Treasurer and Receiver-General of the
Household to Queen Mary March 1689 to March 1693, Govr. of co.
Leitrim, and was Governor of New York with a special commission to
put down piracy and unlawful trading 1695 till his death at New York
5 March 1700, when he was honoured with a public funeral there. He
has been described as, " An Irish Peer with a kind heart."



1690. March 6. Earl of Bellomont. W. —
Philip Foley. W. 22.

Sir fohn Packington. T. 8.

Sir John Packington Bt. (see Co. 1690), petitioned against Philip
Foley (see Hcwdlcy 1679) on i April, and the House resolved 11 Nov.
1690 " that the right of election is in the Burgesses of the corporation
of the Salt Springs of Droitwich, and that Mr. Foley is duly elected."



Members for Droitwich. 129

1695. Nov. 9. Edward Harley. T.
Charles Cocks. W.

Edward Harley, of Eyewood, co. Hereford, 2nd son of Sir
Edward H. (see Williams' Herefordshire Membets)^ and younger brother
to the celebrated Tory statesman, Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, Lord
High Treasurer 1711-14 (see Williams' Pari. Hist, of Wales), was b. at
Brampton Bryan 7 June 1664, educ. at Westminster School, adm. a
student of the Middle Temple 18 March 1681, where he was called to
the bar 25 May 1688, was invited to the Bench of Lincoln's Inn 15
Nov. 1 710, and first sat as a Bencher there 6 July 1720. He m. Sarah
3rd dau. of Thomas Foley of Witley (see Co. 1679), and sister to the
Countess of Oxford, was Recorder of Leominster 1692-1732 when he
res., M.P. Droitwich 1695-8, Leominster 1698 to Dec. 1700, defeated
Jan. but won the seat on petition April 1701, and retained it till 1722
when he again was defeated and petitioned. He succ. Mr. Done in the
lucrative office of one of the two Auditors of the Imprest in Jan. 1703,
and on i r March the patent for his appointment thereto passed the
Great Seal, and this office he held till his death in London 30 Aug.
1735, aged 71. Auditor Harley who was bur. at his own request in
Titley Churchyard, co. Hereford, was a pious charitable man. He gave
;!^4o towards re-building Leominster Parish Church 1 700, and besides
augmenting several small livings in cos. Monmouth and Hereford, he
maintained charity schools in both, and endowed one for ever at
Brampton Bryan. In 1725 he was chosen Chairman of the trustees for
the Charity Schools in London.

Charles Cocks, of Powick, Worcester, 5th and yst. son of
Thomas C, of Castleditch, (now Eastnor Castle), was called to the bar
ex gratia at Middle Temple 9 May 1673, "^^ Mary eldest dau. of John
Somers, of Clifton-upon-Severn, and sister and co-heir to John Lord
Somers, the Lord Chancellor, (see Worcester 1689). He unsucc. cont.
Worcester Dec. 1693, but won the seat on petition Feb. 1694, and sat
till 1695, and rep. Droitwich 1695-1708. Through his brother-in-law's
influence he was app. Clerk of the Patents April 1699. His yst. dau.
Margaret m. Philip Yorke, Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor 1737-56.
His grandson was created Lord Somers 1784.

1698. July 27. Charles Cocks. W.

Thomas Foley jun. T.

Of Witley, eldest son of Thomas Foley (see Co. 1679), was bapt.
at Kidderminster 12 Nov. 1673, and travelled for years beyond the seas.
He m. Mary only dau. and heir of Thomas Strode, Sergeant-at-law, was
chosen M.P. for Stafford and Droitwich 1698, but preferred Stafford,
which he rep. Nov. 1694 till he was created Lord Foley 31 Dec. 171 1.
His Lordship was adm an Hon. Freeman of Worcester 1721, presented
to Witley 28 Feb. 1701, 22 Jan. 1719, 13 March 1720, Kidderminster 9
Aug. 1 70 1, 6 Aug. 1729, Sheldesley Walsh 23 Sept. 17 18, Great



T30 Members for Droitwich.

Sheldersley 17 Oct. 1720, Pedmore 13 June 172 1, and to Old Swinford
12 May 1722, and d. 22 Jan. 1733, bur. at Witley. (M.I.)

1699. Jan. 14. Thomas Foley sen. of Witley, T. (see Co. 1679),
vice his son T. Foley jun. who elected to serve for Stafford.

1 701, Jan. 13. Thomas Foley sen.
Charles Cocks.

1 701. Feb. 25. Philip Foley. T. —
Robert Steyner. —

Philip Foley (see Bewdley 1679), ^^^ returned vice his brother
Thomas Foley sen. deceased. Robert Stayner or Steynor who pet.
against Philip Foley's return 8 March 1701, was son of Robert S. of
Droitwich, and matric. Pemb. Coll. Oxon. 13 Oct. 1688, aged 18.

1 70 1. Nov. 24. Charles Cocks. W.

Edward Foley. T.

Second son of Thomas Foley (see Co. 1679), and brother to
ist Lord Foley (see 1698), bapt. at Kidderminster 23 Sept. 1676,
(? called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn), M.P. Droitwich 1701 till app.
Receiver of the duties on Hides and Skins June 171 1, and again
1732-41, voted against Walpole on the matters of the Excise Bill 1733,
Septennial Act 1734, and the Convention 1739, and d. "of a
mortification in his foot" 4 April 1747.

1702. July 21. The same, re-elected 12 May 1705.

1708. May 13. Edward Foley. T.

Edward Winnington. T.

Third son of Sir Francis Winnington Knt. (see Worcester 1679),
and brother to Salway W. (see Bewdley 1694), became a student of the
Middle Temple 14 June 1687, where he was called to the bar 18 May
1694, and having m. Jane dau. of Wni. Bloome, of Altofts, Normanton,
Yorks, and niece and adopted heiress of Henry Jeffreys, of Ham or
Homme Castle, (who left her all his estates conditionally on this
marriage), he assumed the surname of Jeffreys about i 709, in compliance
with Henry Jeffreys's will, and acquired the Home Castle estate.
Mr. (Winnington) Jeffreys was made K.C. 171 1 and again 1714, adm.
an Hon. Freeman of VVorcester 17 19, and sat for Droitwich 170S-25.
He was Puisne Justice of the Great Sessions for cos. Carmarthen,
Cardigan, and Pembroke July 1711-14, and Puisne Justice of Chester
April 1 7 14 till his death s.p. 20 July 1725.

1710. Oct. 12. I'-clward Foley.

Edward (Winnington) Jeffreys.



Members for Droitwich. 13T

171 1. July 18. Richard Foley, vice Jeffreys app. a Welsh
Judge, but who was re-elected the same day.

171 1. July 18. Edward Jeffreys, vice Edward Foley app. to
an office of profit by the crown.

Richard Foley was 3rd son of Thomas F. (see Co. 1679), and
brother to the M.P.s 1698 and 1701. He was b. at Kidderminster
19 Feb. 1681, called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn 18 May 1702, chosen
an Associate to the Bench 28 June 1704, and being called to the Bench
of that Society 28 Oct. 1726, first sat as a Bencher 8 Nov. following.
He was adm. an Hon. Freeman of Worcester 17 19, M.P. Droitwich
171 1-32, and was Second Prothonotary of the Common Pleas (probably
from 1712, vice Thomas Foley), till his death unm. 27 March 1732,
when he left the chief part of his estate to his brother Edward (see
1 701), and ;^ioo per annum to the celebrated orator William Shippen
M.P., "for his services done his country."

1 7 13. Sept. 2. Richard Foley. T.

Edward Jeffreys. T.

1 7 14. May 4. Edward Jeffreys, re-elected on taking office.

1 7 15. Jan. 28. Edward Jeffreys.

Richard Foley.

1722. March 24. The same.

1726. Jan. 31. Thomas Winnington of Stanford Court,
vice his uncle E. W. Jeffreys dec. This distinguished politician, of
whom George H. entertained a high opinion, was the only son of
Salway W. (see Bewdley 1694), b. 31 Dec. 1696, educ. at Westminster
School, matric. Ch. Ch. Oxon, 25 April 17 13, aged 16, ent. Middle
Temple 1714, and m. 6 Aug. 1719 Love (who d. s.p. June 1745), 3rd
dau. of Sir James Reade 2nd Bart, of Brocket Hall, Herts. She
brought her husband the Brocket Hall estate, which was subsequently
sold to Sir Matthew Lamb Bart. K.C., father of ist Viscount Melbourne.
Mr. Winnington was adm. an Hon. Freeman of Worcester 1721,
presented to the livings of Sapey and Wolfrelow, co. Hereford, 1736,
and to Clifton, co. Wore. 22 Dec. 1741, was M.P. Droitwich 1726-41,
and chosen for Droitwich and Worcester 1741, but preferred to sit for
the latter till his death 1746. He supported Walpole's measures, and
was Government Teller for the Convention 1739, a Lord of the
Admiralty (;^i,2oo a year) May 1730-6, and of the Treasury (;!^i.6oo a
year) May 1736-41 April, sworn of the Privy Council 27 April 1741,
Cofferer of the Household April 1 741-3, and Paymaster General of the
Land Forces Dec. 1743 till his death 23 April 1746, bur. in Stanford
Church. His portrait is in the Guildhall, Worcester.



T32 Members for Droitwich.

1727. Aug. 2T. Richard Foley. T.

Thomas Winnington. W,

1730. May 25. Thomas Winnington, re-el. on taking office.

1732. April 15. Edward Foley (see 1701), vice his brother
Richard Foley dec.

1734. April 29. Edward Foley. T.

Thomas Winnington. W.

1736. May 28. Thomas Winnington, re-el. on taking office.

1741. May II. Rt. Hon. T. Winnington. W.

Thomas Foley jun. T.

Thomas Foley jun., of Stoke Edith Court, co. Hereford, only
son (by his ist wife) of Thomas Foley M.P., who d. 3 April 1749, (see
Williams' Herefordshire Members), was b. 10 Aug. 17 16, adm. an Hon.
Freeman of Worcester 1736, and ni. 28 March 1740 Hon. Grace
Granyille 3rd dau. and co-heir of George Lord Lansdowne, ''with
;;^6ooo." He and his son Thomas were selected by the Miners' Jury
to receive the " Freedom of the Mine " of the Forest of Dean at their
Court in 1754. On the death of his kinsman Thomas 2nd Lord Foley
8 Jan. 1766 (when that title expired), Mr. Foley came into possession
of his great landed and personal estates. He sat for Droitwich 1741
to Dec. 1747 when uns. and again 1754-68, was chosen both for
Droitwich and co. Hereford 1768, but preferred to represent the latter,
till created Lord Foley 10 May 1776. He presented to the Worcester-
shire livings of Old Swinford 17 Aug. 1769, March 1777, Great
Sheldersley 5 April 1775, and Kidderminster 22 July 1776, and to the
Herefordshire livings of Dormington 1776. and Mordiford 1777, and was
High Steward of Kidderminster 1766 till his death 18 Nov. 1777.

1742. Jan. 4. Lord George Bentinck (W.) vice Winnington
who elected to serve for Worcester. Younger son of Henry ist Duke
of Portland, who died when Gov. of Jamaica 1726, and brother to
Wm. 2nd Duke of Portland K.G., who m. I^idy Margaret Cavendish
Harley only dau. and heir of I'-dward 2nd Earl of Oxford, (sec Williams'
Pari Hist, of Wales). He was h. 27 Dec. 1715, ent. the army, and
was Capt. of Howard's regt. of P'oot till made Capt. -Lieut, (with rank of
Lt.-Col. in the army) ist Foot Guards April 1743, Capt. of a company
thereof June 1745, A.D.C. to the King (with rank of Col. in the army)
March 1752, Col of Whiteford's Foot Aug. 1754-9, M.P. Droitwich
(through the Harley interest) Jan. 1742-7, Grainpound 1747-54, and
Malmesbury 1754 till his death at Bath unm. i March 1759.



Members for Droitwich. 133

1747. July I. Hon. Samuel Masham. 19.

Thomas Foley jun. T. 19.

Francis Winnington. 19.

Hon. Edwin Sandys. T. 18.

The three first having equal votes were returned, but on petition
Mr. Masham's name was erased by Order of the House 9 Dec, while
by another Order 16 Dec. 1747 Mr. Foley's name was erased and that


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