HAYNE, William (c.1665-98), of Dartmouth, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

b. c.1665, 1st s. of John Hayne, merchant, of Dartmouth, by Marcella, da. of Lawrence Wheeler, merchant, of Dartmouth. m. lic. 27 Aug. 1695, aged 30, Anne, da. of Henry Tichborne of Send, Surr., s.p. suc. fa. 1684.1

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Commr. for assessment, Devon 1689-90.


Hayne’s father became a partner in the shipping firm headed by (Sir) John Frederick in 1662; his shares were then valued at £950. Under Frederick’s instructions he supported Joseph Williamson in the Dartmouth by-election of 1667 but, according to a perhaps prejudiced source, ratted on him when money was sent to the town in support of Walter Yonge. He was probably a nonconformist, leaving money in his will to two of the local excluded ministers.2

Hayne inherited land worth £500 p.a. and a personal estate of £30,000. He retained an interest in his father’s firm, now headed by Joseph Herne, but he also owned house property in Dartmouth and a tenement in Blackawton, besides a long lease of a farm in Brixham. Returned for Dartmouth as a Tory at the general election of 1689, he was listed by Anthony Rowe as voting to agree with the Lords that the throne was not vacant. But he left no other record of his activities in the Convention. He was reckoned a Tory in the next two Parliaments, but signed the Association in 1696. He died shortly after making his will on 1 July 1698, having doubled his landed wealth without impairing his liquid assets. Although his heirs added considerably to his estates in the neighbourhood of Dartmouth by purchasing the property of John Upton, no other member of his family entered Parliament.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: John. P. Ferris


  • 1. PCC 75 Hare, 102 Laud, 86 Pye, 167 Pett (not calendared); London Mar. Lic. ed. Foster, 657; Manning and Bray, Surr. iii. 112.
  • 2. PCC 102 Laud, 75 Hare; CSP Dom. 1666-7, pp. 373, 451 497; APC Col. i. 462.
  • 3. APC Col. ii. 167; PCC 167 Pett; Lysons, Devon, 72; C8/572/21.