COWARD, William II (1666-1716), of Chamberlain Street, Wells, Som. and Totteridge, Herts.
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Family and Education
bap. 16 Apr. 1666, 1st s. of William Coward I*, by 1st w. educ. Merchant Taylors’ 1676–81; Magdalen, Oxf. 1682; L. Inn 1682. unm. suc. fa. 1705.1
Coward’s father had been a Tory, but he himself was a Whig and in consequence never achieved the same degree of prominence in Wells. He was returned in 1708, his election being reckoned a gain for the Whigs by Lord Sunderland (Charles, Lord Spencer*). Voting in 1709 in favour of the naturalizing bill and the following year for the impeachment of Dr Sacheverell, it was hardly surprising that he was not readopted at the 1710 election. When he did stand again in 1715 he was defeated. Though subsequently awarded the seat on petition at the end of May 1716, he died shortly afterwards on 16 June.
Ref Volumes: 1690-1715
Author: Paula Watson
- 1. Vis. Som. (Harl. Soc. n.s. xi), 75.