In April 1640, Dalston was elected Member of Parliament for Carlisle in the Short Parliament and was re-elected in November 1640 as MP for Carlisle in the Long Parliament. Dalston was created a baronet on 15 February 1641 and supported the King in the Civil War. He was disabled from Parliament in 1644.
Dalston married Anne Boles a considerable heiress and had several children. He was succeeded by his second son, John, his eldest son having died before him.
- "Dalston, William (DLSN631W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. 229–239.
- General history: Baronets, Magna Britannia: volume 4: Cumberland (1816), pp. LXIV-LXIX. Date accessed: 17 October 2010
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