Sir James Ashe, 2nd Baronet
He was the oldest surviving son of Sir Joseph Ashe, 1st Baronet and his wife Mary Wilson, daughter of Robert Wilson. In 1686, aged only eleven, he succeeded his father as baronet. Ashe owned land in Wiltshire and held shares of the East India Company.
He entered the English House of Commons in 1701, sitting as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Downton, the constituency his father has represented before, until 1705. A year later, Ashe was appointed High Sheriff of Wiltshire. He stood for Downton again in 1708, however unsuccessfully.
In 1698 against his mother's will, he married his cousin Elizabeth Bowyer, daughter of Sir Edmund Bowyer and had by her four daughters and a son. From 1709 they lived separately, but were not divorced. Ashe died intestate at his seat in Twickenham and was buried in Halstead in Kent. His son having predeceased him, the baronetcy became extinct with Ashe's death. His only surviving daughter, Martha, inherited his estate, and, as a condition of the succession, her husband Joseph Windham — who also eventually became MP for Downton — took on her surname of Ashe in addition to his own by Act of Parliament.
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- Deed Poll Office: Private Act of Parliament 1733 (7 Geo. 2). c. 18
|Parliament of England|
|Member of Parliament for Downton
1701 – 1705
With: Carew Raleigh 1701–1702
Sir Charles Duncombe 1702–1705
Sir Charles Duncombe
|Baronetage of England|
1686 – 1733
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