Sir William Ashburnham, 5th Baronet

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Sir William Ashburnham, 5th Baronet (5 March 1739 – 21 August 1823)[1] was a British politician.

Baptised at St Anne's Church, Soho on 29 March 1739, he was the eldest surviving son of the Rt Revd Sir William Ashburnham, 4th Baronet, Bishop of Chichester and his wife Margaret Pelham, daughter of Thomas Pelham.[2] Ashburnham was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[3] He succeeded his father as baronet in 1797.[4]

He entered the British House of Commons in 1761, sitting as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Hastings until 1774.[5] Ashburnham was appointed Deputy Keeper of the Great Wardrobe in 1765, a post held until 1782.[6] He was High Sheriff of Sussex in 1803.[7]

In April 1766, Ashburnham married Alicia Woodgate, daughter of Reverend Francis Woodgate at St Clement Danes Church in London[7] and had by her four sons and a daughter.[4] Ashburnham died aged 84 at his residence Broomham Place in Guestling and was buried at Broomham in Sussex.[8] He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his sons William and John successively.[7]


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  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Ashburnham, William (ASBN758W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ a b Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 295. 
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Hastings". Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Sir Lewis Namier & John Brooke, ed. (1985). The House of Commons, 1754-1790. vol. II. Cambridge: Secker & Warburg. pp. 28–29. 
  7. ^ a b c "ThePeerage - Sir William Ashburnham, 5th Bt". Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  8. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1823). The Gentleman's Magazine. part II. London: John Nichols and Son. p. 375. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Andrew Stone
James Pelham
Member of Parliament for Hastings
With: James Brudenell 1761–1768
Samuel Martin 1768–1774
Succeeded by
Henry Temple
Charles Jenkinson
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
William Ashburnham
(of Broomham)
Succeeded by
William Ashburnham