Sir Henry Dashwood, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Henry Watkin Dashwood, 3rd Baronet (30 August 1745 – 10 June 1828) was an English Member of Parliament (MP).


He was the eldest surviving son of Sir James Dashwood, 2nd Baronet,[1] and the brother in law of John Stewart, 7th Earl of Galloway. He inherited the baronetcy on 10 November 1779.[1]

Dashwood represented Wigtown Burghs from 1775 to 1780. He was seated following an election petition after the 1774 general election. Dashwood was the fourth Englishman to represent Wigtown Burghs in Parliament. He voted in support of Lord North in the 1770s. He failed to be elected for Canterbury in 1780. As a friend of the heir to the Duke of Marlborough he was elected MP for the pocket borough of Woodstock and represented it from 1784 to 1820.

In 1775 his debts had amounted to the enormous sum of £25,000 and his father had to pay them. After he came into his inheritance Dashwood sold most of the family estate to pay further debts.

He held the (unpaid) appointment of Gentleman of the Privy Chamber from March 1783 until his death. No more lucrative office was bestowed on the free-spending Baronet.

Dashwood tried to persuade William Pitt the Younger to give him a peerage in 1794, as he was a supporter of the government. Unhappily for Dashwood no preferment was forthcoming.


Dashwood married Mary Helen Graham, daughter of John Graham of Kinross, and a lady-in-waiting. They had four sons and two daughters.[1] Their daughter Anna Maria married John Loftus, 2nd Marquess of Ely.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Dashwood, Sir Henry Watkin, 3rd Bt. (1745–1828), of Kirtlington Park, Oxon., History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 26 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Loftus, John, Visct. Loftus (1770–1845), of Loftus Hall, co. Wexford., History of Parliament". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 26 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Norton
Member of Parliament for Wigtown Burghs
Succeeded by
William Adam
Preceded by
William Eden
Viscount Parker
Member of Parliament for Woodstock
With: Francis Burton 1784–1790
Lord Henry John Spencer 1790–1795
Ralph Payne 1795–1799
Charles Moore 1799–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Woodstock
With: Charles Moore 1801–1802
Charles Abbot 1802–1806
William Frederick Elliot Eden 1806–1810
George Eden 1810–1812, 1813–1814
William Thornton 1812–1813, 1814–1818
Lord Robert Spencer 1818–1820
Succeeded by
John Gladstone
James Haughton Langston
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
James Dashwood
(of Northbrooke)
Succeeded by
George Dashwood