Edward Jeffreys

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Edward Winnington or Jeffreys (8 October 1669 – 20 July 1725) of Ham Castle, Droitwich was an English landowner, judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1708 to 1725.

Early life[edit]

Jeffreys was born Winnington, a younger son of Sir Francis Winnington and his second wife, and was a younger brother of Salwey Winnington. He was admitted at Middle Temple in 1687, and called to the bar on 18 May 1694. He married Anne Blome, the niece and heiress of Henry Jeffreys of Ham Castle in Worcestershire, and took the name Edward Jeffreys in about 1709 to inherit the Jeffreys estates.[1]


Jeffreys was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament for Droitwich at the 1708 general election. He was returned unopposed again at the 1710 general election. In 1711 he was made a Queen's Counsel and was appointed Puisne Justice of the Great Sessions for Carmarthenshire, Cardiganshire, and Pembrokeshire, but he resigned his judgeship in favour of his brother in November 1712. He was re-elected unopposed again for Droitwich at the 1713 general election. In 1714 he was appointed judge again as Puisne Justice of Chester, Denbigh, Flintshire and Monmouthshire and remained in post for the rest of his life.[1] At the 1715 general election he was again returned unopposed as MP for Droitwich, but with the change of Government became a leading member of the opposition. In 1720 he became a bencher of his Inn. He was returned unopposed again as MP for Droitwich at the 1722 general election.[2]

Death and legacy[edit]

In 1725, Jeffries needed treatment to his foot after a hunting accident, but developed gangrene and had his leg amputated before he died on 20 July 1725. He left no surviving children, and his estates went to his eldest brother Salwey.[2]


  1. ^ a b "WINNINGTON (afterwards JEFFREYS), Edward (1669-1725), of Ham Castle, nr. Droitwich, Worcs. and the Middle Temple". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "JEFFERIES (formerly WINNINGTON), Edward (c.1670-1725), of Ham Castle, nr. Droitwich, Worcs". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 8 November 2018.

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Edward Foley
Charles Cocks
Member of Parliament for Droitwich
With: Edward Foley 1708–1711
Richard Foley 1711–1726
Succeeded by
Richard Foley
Thomas Winnington
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Warde
Puisne Justice of Chester
Succeeded by
John Willes