Sir Hugh Acland, 6th Baronet

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Sir Hugh Acland, 6th Baronet (26 January 1697 – 29 July 1728) was the son of John Acland, Member of Parliament for Callington, and the grandson of Sir Hugh Acland, 5th Baronet. His father died young in 1703; Hugh succeeded to the baronetcy in 1714. In 1721, he married Cicely Wroth, and shortly thereafter inherited her father's personal estate. Later in the year, he was returned to Parliament for Barnstaple. He sat for Barnstaple until 1727, and died the following yeara.

Family and education[edit]

The eldest son of John Acland and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Acland of Barnstaple, he succeeded his father in 1703.[1] He matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford on 9 June 1713.[2] On 9 March 1714, he succeeded his paternal grandfather Sir Hugh Acland, 5th Baronet in the family title and estates.[1]

In May 1721, he married Cicely Wroth, eldest daughter and eventual sole heiress of Sir Thomas Wroth, 3rd Baronet (1674–1721), MP, of Petherton Park, Somerset, by his wife Mary Osbaldeston.[1] Sir Thomas died on 27 June 1721, shortly after the marriage, and left Cicely his property and personal estate.[3]

Hugh and Cicely had five children:[4]


He entered Parliament for Barnstaple in November 1721, standing as a Tory at an unopposed by-election following the death of John Basset. He owned considerable property in the area, home to his mother's branch of the family.[1] At the 1722 election, Acland, the Whig Major-General Thomas Whetham, opposition Whig Richard Coffin, and the Tory Sir Bourchier Wrey, 5th Baronet contested the two seats there; Acland and Whetham were victorious.[5] He did not stand in the 1727 election and died the following year, on 29 July 1728. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son Thomas.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Matthews, Shirley (1970). "ACLAND, Sir Hugh, 6th Bt. (1697-1728), of Killerton, Devon.". In Sedgwick, Romney. The House of Commons 1715-1754. The History of Parliament Trust. 
  2. ^ Foster, Joseph, ed. (1891). Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714. Oxford. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Watson, Paula; Hanham, Andrew A. (2002). "WROTH, Sir Thomas, 3rd Bt. (c.1674-1721), of Petherton Park, Som.". In Hayton, David; Cruickshanks, Eveline; Handley, Stuart. The House of Commons 1690-1715. The History of Parliament Trust. 
  4. ^ Vivian, John Lambrick, ed. (1895). The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620. Exeter: H.S. Eland. pp. 4–5. 
  5. ^ Matthews, Shirley (1970). "Barnstaple". In Sedgwick, Romney. The House of Commons 1715-1754. The History of Parliament Trust. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Basset
John Rolle
Member of Parliament for Barnstaple
With: John Rolle 1721–1722
Thomas Whetham 1722–1727
Succeeded by
Richard Coffin
Theophilus Fortescue
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Hugh Acland
(of Columb John)
Succeeded by
Thomas Dyke Acland