William Clayton, 1st Baron Sundon

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William Clayton later Baron Sundon after Godfrey Kneller

William Clayton, 1st Baron Sundon (9 November 1671 – 29 April 1752) was a British politician.

He was the son of William Clayton of Newmarket, Suffolk and Ann, the daughter of John Haske of Newmarket. He entered the Exchequer as clerk of receipts in 1688 and was deputy auditor of receipts by 1714. Between 1715 and 1718 he was paymaster of the King’s private pensions. Lord Sunderland, Lord Marlborough son-in-law, made him a lord of the Treasury in 1718 in Woodstock.[1] Clayton was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Woodstock from 1716–1722, St Albans from 1722–1727, Westminster from 1727–1741, Plympton Erle from 1742–1747 and St Mawes from 1747–1752.[2]

Clayton was raised to the Peerage of Ireland on 2 June 1735 as Baron Sundon, of Ardagh in the County of Longford.[3] He married Charlotte, the daughter of John Dyve, clerk of the Privy Council.[4] They had no children and the peerage became extinct upon his death.


  1. ^ CLAYTON, William (1671-1752), of Sundon, Beds Retrieved on 15 Feb 2018
  2. ^ Sedgwick, Romney (1970). "Clayton, William (1671-1752)". In Sedgwick, Romney. The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754. London: HMSO. ISBN 9780118800983. 
  3. ^ "No. 7403". The London Gazette. 17 May 1735. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Philip Carter, ‘Clayton , Charlotte, Lady Sundon (c.1679–1742)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 6 April 2015

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Cadogan
Sir Thomas Wheate, Bt
Member of Parliament for Woodstock
With: Sir Thomas Wheate, Bt to 1721
Charles Crisp 1721–22
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Wheate, Bt
Samuel Trotman
Preceded by
William Grimston
Joshua Lomax
Member of Parliament for St Albans
With: William Gore
Succeeded by
The Viscount Grimston
Caleb Lomax
Preceded by
George Carpenter
Charles Montagu
Member of Parliament for Westminster
With: Lord Charles Cavendish 1727–34
Sir Charles Wager 1734–41
Succeeded by
Viscount Perceval
Charles Edwin
Preceded by
Richard Edgcumbe
Thomas Clutterbuck
Member of Parliament for Plympton Erle
May 1742 – July 1747
With: Thomas Clutterbuck to December 1742
Richard Edgcumbe (2) from December 1742
Succeeded by
Hon. George Edgcumbe
Richard Edgcumbe (2)
Preceded by
Robert Nugent
James Douglas
Member of Parliament for St Mawes
With: Robert Nugent
Succeeded by
Robert Nugent
Sir Thomas Clavering, Bt
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Baron Sundon
Succeeded by