Sir William Button, 1st Baronet

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Sir William Button, 1st Baronet (1584 – 16 January 1655) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1629. He supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War.

Button was the son of William Button, of Alton and of Tockenham Court, Lyneham, Wiltshire and his wife Jane Lambe, daughter of John Lambe, of East Coulston, Wiltshire. He matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, on 13 February 1601, aged 16. He was knighted at Whitehall on 15 July 1605. From 1611 to 1612 he was High Sheriff of Wiltshire. In 1614, he was elected Member of Parliament for Morpeth. He was possibly admitted to Gray's Inn on 2 February 1618. He was created a baronet on 18 March 1622. In 1628 he was elected MP for Wiltshire. He supported the king in the Civil War and was fined £2,880 on 2 January 1647.[1]

Button died in 1655 and was buried at Wraxall, Wiltshire where there is a monumental inscription to his memory.[1]

Button married Ruth Dunch, daughter of Walter Dunch of Avebury, Wiltshire. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son William.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Christopher Perkins
John Hare
Member of Parliament for Morpeth
With: Sir Christopher Perkins
Succeeded by
Robert Brandling
John Robson
Preceded by
Sir Henry Poole
Walter Long
Member of Parliament for Wiltshire
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640