HYDE, William (1635-94), of Langtoft, Lincs.
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Family and Education
b. 10 Nov. 1635, o. s. of Humphrey Hyde of Baston and Langtoft by Sarah, da. of Thomas Gibson of Barleythorpe, Rutland. educ. Oundle; Queens’, Camb. 1652. m. 18 Aug. 1658, Mary (d. 1672), da. of Sir Thomas Trollope, 1st Bt., of Casewick, Lincs., 3s. 1da. d.v.p. suc. fa. 1637.1
Sheriff, Rutland 1658–Nov. 1660.
A local man, with a previously undistinguished career representing Stamford, Hyde was re-elected in 1690 on the interest of his good friend the 5th Earl of Exeter (John Cecil†). Unlike Exeter, Hyde did take the oaths after the Revolution and at the beginning of the 1690 Parliament his name appears on two lists, one identifying Members possibly as Court supporters and the other an assessment by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) that he was a Whig. Hyde proved an inactive MP, leaving little trace on the parliamentary records of the period. He may have been the ‘Mr Hyde’ granted leave of absence on health grounds on 6 May 1690, and he was listed by Robert Harley* in April 1691 as ‘doubtful’. It is also possible that he was the ‘Mr Hyde’ given three weeks’ leave of absence on 19 Feb. 1694, although locally he was known as ‘Captain Hyde’, a reference to his rank in the militia.2
Listed as a subscriber to the Bank of England in July 1694, Hyde did not live long afterwards, dying on 21 Nov. and being buried at Langtoft. His eldest son, William, was the main beneficiary of his will, the two younger sons having been provided for in an earlier settlement. The monument erected by his daughter-in-law proclaimed him to have been ‘the delight of his country; honoured with the title of honest . . . a senator most faithful to his God, King and country’.3