William Ashe-à Court

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William Ashe-à Court
Born c.1708
Died 2 August 1781
Allegiance  Great Britain
Service/branch  British Army
Rank General
Battles/wars War of the Austrian succession
Other work Member of Parliament

General William Ashe-à Court (c. 1708 – 2 August 1781) was a senior British Army officer and a Member of Parliament.

Born William à Court, he was the son of Pierce à Court, MP and Elizabeth Ashe of Ivy Church, Wiltshire. [1]

He joined the British Army as an ensign in the 11th Foot in 1726. He became a cornet in the 4th Dragoons in 1729 and in 1738 a lieutenant and captain in the 2nd Foot Guards, in which regiment he was subsequently promoted captain and lieutenant-colonel in 1745, 2nd major and colonel in 1755, major-general in 1759 and lieutenant-general in 1765. He served in Flanders during the War of the Austrian succession (1740–48). [1]

He was given the colonelcy of the 11th Foot in 1765, a position he held until his death. He was made full general on 19 March 1778.

He also sat as Member of Parliament for Heytesbury between 1751 and 1781. In 1768 he assumed by Royal licence the additional surname of Ashe in compliance with the will of his uncle, Edward Ashe.

He died in 1781. He had married Annabella Vernon, daughter of Thomas Vernon, in 1746. Their only son William succeeded him as MP for Heytesbury and was created a baronet in 1795. His grandson, also named William, was raised to the peerage as Baron Heytesbury in 1828. [2]


  1. ^ a b "A'COURT, William (c.1708-81), of Heytesbury, Wilts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Debrett, John. Debrett's Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland. (1811). p. 384. 


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Pierce Ashe-à Court
William Ashe
Member of Parliament for Heytesbury
With: Pierce Ashe-à Court 1751–1768
Charles FitzRoy-Scudamore 1768–1774
William Gordon 1774–1780
William Eden 1780–1781
Succeeded by
William Eden
William à Court
Military offices
Preceded by
Maurice Bocland
Colonel of the 11th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Francis Smith