Sir William Pole, 4th Baronet

Sir William Pole, 4th Baronet (1678–31 December 1741), of Colcombe Castle, near Colyton and Shute, near Honiton, Devon was an English landowner and Tory politician who sat in the English and British House of Commons between 1701 and 1734.

Pole was the eldest son of Sir John Pole, 3rd Baronet, MP and Anne Morice, the daughter of Sir William Morice, MP. He matriculated at New College, Oxford on 7 July 1696, aged 18.[1] He succeeded his father in 1708.[2]

Pole was returned unopposed as a Tory Member of Parliament (MP) for Newport on the Morice interest at the second general election of 1701. He supported, on 26 Feb. 1702, the motion vindicating the Commons’ proceedings in impeaching the Whig ministers. He was returned as MP for Camelford at a by-election on 17 January 1704 and became a very active member, frequently acting as a teller for the Tories. He voted for the Tack in 1704. At the 1705 English general election, he retained his seat at Camelford and voted against the Court candidate for the Speaker on 25 October 1705. At the 1708 British general election he was returned unopposed again for Newport on the Morice interest. He was less active in the parliament and became a founder-member of the High Tory ‘Board of Brothers’. He voted against the impeachment of Dr Sacheverell. At the 1710 British general election he was returned as MP for Devon. He was appointed Master of the Household in 1712 but lost the resulting by-election on 22 July 1712. He was returned unopposed for Bossiney at the 1713 British general election. On the accession of George I in 1714 he lost his post in the Household.[3]

Pole was elected MP for Honiton at a by-election on 17 March 1716 and was returned again in a contest at the 1722 British general election when he was also returned for Newport. He was defeated at Honiton at the 1727 British general election but was seated on petition on 15 March 1731. He did not stand in 1734. He voted constitently against the administration.[4]

Pole married Elizabeth Warry, the daughter of Robert Warry of Shute, Devon, 'many years' before he made his will in 1733 in which he recommended and requested that his son never stand for Parliament. He died from ‘gout in his stomach’ on 31 December 1741. He was succeeded by his son, John, and also had a daughter.

References

  1. Foster, Joseph. "'Phanne-Popejoy', in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714, ed. Joseph Foster (Oxford, 1891), pp. 1154-1181". British History Online. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  2. Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1902), Complete Baronetage volume 2 (1625-1649), Exeter: William Pollard and Co, retrieved 26 October 2018
  3. "POLE, Sir William, 4th Bt. (1678-1741), of Colcombe Castle, nr. Colyton and Shute, nr. Honiton, Devon". History of Parliament (1690-1715). Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  4. "POLE, Sir William, 4th Bt. (1678-1741), of Colcombe Castle, nr. Colyton and Shute, nr. Honiton, Devon". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 26 October 2018.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Francis Stratford
John Prideaux
Member of Parliament for Newport
17011702
With: John Spark
Succeeded by
John Spark
Sir Nicholas Morice
Preceded by
Henry Manaton
Dennys Glynn
Member of Parliament for Camelford
1704–1707
With: Dennys Glynn 1704–1705
Henry Pinnell 1705–1707
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Camelford
17071708
With: Henry Pinnell
Succeeded by
Richard Munden
John Manley
Preceded by
Sir Nicholas Morice
Sir John Pole
Member of Parliament for Newport
17081710
With: Sir Nicholas Morice
Succeeded by
Sir Nicholas Morice
George Courtenay
Preceded by
Sir William Courtenay
Robert Rolle
Member of Parliament for Devon
1710–1712
With: John Rolle
Succeeded by
John Rolle
Sir William Courtenay
Preceded by
Henry Campion
John Manley
Member of Parliament for Bossiney
17131715
With: John Manley 1713–1714
Paul Orchard 1714–1715
Succeeded by
Henry Cartwright
Samuel Molyneux
Preceded by
Sir William Yonge
Sir William Courtenay
Member of Parliament for Honiton
1716–1727
With: Sir William Yonge
Succeeded by
Sir William Yonge
James Sheppard
Preceded by
Sir Nicholas Morice
Humphry Morice
Member of Parliament for Newport
1722
With: Sir Nicholas Morice
Succeeded by
Sir Nicholas Morice
John Morice
Preceded by
Sir William Yonge
James Sheppard
Member of Parliament for Honiton
1731–1734
With: Sir William Yonge
Succeeded by
Sir William Yonge
William Courtenay
Political offices
Preceded by
Edmund Dunch
Master of the Household
1712–1714
Succeeded by
Edmund Dunch
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Pole
Baronet
(of Shute House)
1708–1741
Succeeded by
John Pole


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