Sir William Ashburnham, 2nd Baronet

Sir William Ashburnham, 2nd Baronet (1 April 1678 – 7 November 1755)[1] was a British politician.

He was the older son of Sir Denny Ashburnham, 1st Baronet and Anne Watkins, daughter of Sir David Watkins.[2] In 1697, he succeeded his father as baronet.[3] Ashburnham was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Hastings in the Parliament of Great Britain from 1710 until 1713 and again from 1722 until 1741.[4] Between 1715 and 1717, he sat also for Seaford.[5] Ashburnham was a Commissioner of the Alienation Office[3] and furthermore a Chamberlain of the Exchequer from 1710 until 1755.[6]

On 7 June 1701, Ashburnham married Margaret Pelham, daughter of Sir Nicholas Pelham.[3] Their marriage was childless and Ashburnham was succeeded in the baronetcy by his younger brother Charles.[7] He was buried at Guestling in Sussex.[2]


  1. "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons". Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  2. 1 2 "ThePeerage - Sir William Ashburnham, 2nd Bt". Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  3. 1 2 3 Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 294.
  4. "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Hastings". Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  5. "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Seaford". Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
1715 – 1717
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
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