Sir William Heathcote, 5th Baronet

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Sir William Heathcote, 5th Baronet, PC (17 May 1801 – 17 August 1881), was a British landowner and Conservative politician.

Background and education[edit]

Heathcote was the son of Reverend William Heathcote, second son of Sir William Heathcote, 2nd Baronet. His mother was Elizabeth, daughter of Lovelace Bigg-Wither. He was educated at Winchester and Oriel College, Oxford. In 1825 he succeeded his uncle as fifth Baronet of Hursley as well as to the family seat of Hursley House, Hursley, Hampshire.

Political career[edit]

Heathcote entered Parliament as one of two representatives (MPs) for Hampshire in 1826, a seat he held until 1831, and in the previous year described by commentators as among those voting with the group known as Ultra-Tories. He was re-elected next as MP for Hampshire North between 1837 and 1849 and for Oxford University between 1854 and 1868. He never held ministerial office but was sworn of the Privy Council in 1870. He was High Sheriff of Hampshire for 1832–33.[1]

Heathcote was a member of the Canterbury Association from 27 March 1848.[2]


Heathcote was twice married. He married firstly the Hon. Caroline Frances, daughter of Charles Perceval, 2nd Baron Arden, in 1825. They had three sons and one daughter. After her death in March 1835 he married secondly Selina, daughter of Evelyn Shirley, in 1841. They had eight children. Heathcote died in August 1881, aged 80, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son from his first marriage, William. Lady Heathcote died in July 1901, having sold Hursley House to Selina to Joseph Baxendale, the owner of Pickfords logistics company.


  1. ^ "HEATHCOTE, Sir William, 5th bt. (1801-1881), of Hursley, nr. Winchester, Hants". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Blain, Rev. Michael (2007). The Canterbury Association (1848-1852): A Study of Its Members’ Connections (PDF). Christchurch: Project Canterbury. pp. 41–42. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Willis Fleming
George Purefoy-Jervoise
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
With: John Willis Fleming
Succeeded by
Sir James Macdonald, Bt
Charles Shaw-Lefevre
Preceded by
Charles Shaw-Lefevre
James Winter Scott
Member of Parliament for Hampshire North
With: Charles Shaw-Lefevre
Succeeded by
Charles Shaw-Lefevre
Melville Portal
Preceded by
Sir Robert Inglis, Bt
William Ewart Gladstone
Member of Parliament for Oxford University
With: William Ewart Gladstone 1854–1865
Gathorne Hardy 1865–1868
Succeeded by
Gathorne Hardy
John Mowbray
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Freeman-Heathcote
5th Baronet Heathcote
(of Hursley)
Succeeded by
William Perceval Heathcote