BURTON, William (?1695-1781), of Ashwell and North Luffenham, Rutland.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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12 Feb. 1730 - 1734

Family and Education

b. ?1695, 1st s. of Bartholomew Burton of Ashwell, receiver-gen. of the excise, by Susanna, da. of George Gregory; bro. of Bartholomew Burton, M.P. educ. M. Temple 1703. m. Apr. 1738, Elizabeth, da. of George Pitt of Strathfieldsaye, Hants, 1da.

Offices Held

Commr. of excise 1737-76.


Burton, whose father had bought Ashwell in 1690, purchased North Luffenham from the 4th Earl of Gainsborough in 1729.1 Successful for Rutland as a Whig at a by-election in 1730, he seconded the Address on 21 Jan. 1731,2 and on 16 Mar. 1732 supported a motion that a qualification in the public funds might be as valid as a landed qualification.3 He did not stand in 1734. Three years later, Walpole gave him a place on the excise board, which he held until ill-health forced him to retire in 1776. He died 30 Jan. 1781.4

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. VCH Rutland, ii. 109, 199.
  • 2. HMC Carlisle, 80.
  • 3. HMC Egmont Diary, i. 240.
  • 4. Gent. Mag. 1781, p. 94.