David Polhill

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David Polhill (1674 – 15 January 1754) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1710 and 1754.

Life[edit]

Polhill was the son of Thomas Polhill of Otford, Kent and his wife Elizabeth Ireton, daughter of Henry Ireton, and granddaughter of Oliver Cromwell. He lived at Otford where he had various attempts at rebuilding his house. He was one of the Kentish petitioners in the reign of William III;[1] the others were Thomas Meredith and William Colepeper, Justinian Champneys, and William Hamilton the third son of James Hamilton.[2][3]

In January 1710 Polhill was elected Member of Parliament for Kent until October 1710[4] and then appointed Sheriff of Kent for 1715. He was elected MP for Bramber in 1723 and held the seat until 1727.[4] In 1727 he was elected MP for Rochester until 1741 and again from 1743 to 1754.[4] He was also keeper of the records in the Tower of London from 1731 until his death.[5]

Polhill died aged 79 and is commemorated by a carved memorial in Otford Church by Sir Henry Cheere, 1st Baronet.[6]

Family[edit]

Polhill married three times. His first wife was Elizabeth Trevor, daughter of Thomas Trevor of Glynde, Sussex and his second wife was Gertrude Holles, sister of Thomas Holles, Duke of Newcastle. There were no children from either of these marriages. His third wife Elizabeth Borret, daughter of John Borret of Shoreham, bore him four sons and one daughter of whom he left surviving Charles and Elizabeth.[1]

References[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Palmer, Bt
Sir Stephen Lennard, Bt
Member of Parliament for Kent
January–October 1710
With: Sir Thomas Palmer, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Cholmeley Dering, Bt
Percival Hart
Preceded by
Sir Richard Gough
William Charles van Huls
Member of Parliament for Bramber
1723–1727
With: Sir Richard Gough
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Gough
Joseph Danvers
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Colby, Bt
Sir John Jennings
Member of Parliament for Rochester
1727–1741
With: Sir John Jennings
Nicholas Haddock
Succeeded by
Edward Vernon
Nicholas Haddock
Preceded by
Edward Vernon
Nicholas Haddock
Member of Parliament for Rochester
1743–1754
With: Nicholas Haddock
Sir Chaloner Ogle
Hon. John Byng
Succeeded by
Hon. John Byng
Nicholas Haddock