Sir William Barker, 5th Baronet

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Sir William Barker, 5th Baronet (1685 – 23 July 1731)[1] was a British politician.

He was the son of Sir John Barker, 4th Baronet and Bridget Bacon, daughter of Sir Nicholas Bacon.[2] In 1696, he succeeded his father as baronet.[3] He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge.[4] Barker entered the British House of Commons for Ipswich in 1708, representing it to 1713.[5] He was subsequently Member of Parliament (MP) for Thetford until 1715[6] and for Suffolk from 1722 until his death in 1731.[7]

Barker married firstly Mary Bence, only daughter of John Bence, and by her he had an only child.[8] On 9 February 1731 he married secondly Anne, widow of Edward Spencer, at St Marylebone Church in London.[2] Barker was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son John.[3]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Sir William Barker, 5th Bt". Retrieved 19 February 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Burke, John (1841). John Bernhard Burke, ed. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland (2nd ed.). London: Scott, Webster, and Geary. p. 36. 
  4. ^ "Barker, William (BRKR702SW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Ipswich". Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Thetford". Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Suffolk". Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  8. ^ Courthope, William (1835). Synopsis of the Extinct Baronetage of England. London: G. Woodfall. p. 13. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Churchill
John Bence
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: William Churchill
Succeeded by
William Churchill
William Thompson
Preceded by
Sir Edmund Bacon
Dudley North
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: Dudley North
Succeeded by
Dudley North
John Ward
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Hanmer
Sir Robert Davers
Member of Parliament for Suffolk
With: Sir Thomas Hanmer 1722–1727
Sir Jermyn Davers 1727–1731
Succeeded by
Sir Jermyn Davers
Sir Robert Kemp
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Barker
(of Grimston Hall)
Succeeded by
John Barker