Sir William à Court, 1st Baronet

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Sir William Pierce Ashe à Court, 1st Baronet (c. 1747 – 22 July 1817) was a British soldier and Member of Parliament.

à Court was the son of General William Ashe-à Court and Anne Vernon. He represented Heytesbury in the House of Commons from 1781 to 1790 and again from 1806 to 1807. In 1795 he was created a Baronet, of Heytesbury in the County of Wiltshire. He was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the Wiltshire Militia in 1797 and High Sheriff of Wiltshire for 1812.

à Court married, firstly, Catherine Bradford, daughter of John Bradford, in 1769. After her death in 1776 he married, secondly, Laetitia Wyndham, daughter of Henry Wyndham and brother of Henry Penruddocke Wyndham, in 1777. He died in July 1817 and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son from his second marriage, William, who became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and was elevated to the peerage as Baron Heytesbury in 1828. Lady à Court died in 1821.

His granddaughter Elizabeth Ash à Court-Repington (d. 1911), the only daughter of Lieutenant General Charles Ash à Court-Repington and niece of William à Court, 1st Baron Heytesbury, married in 1846 the Rt. Hon. Sidney Herbert and had seven children, including the 13th and 14th Earls of Pembroke & Montgomery.



Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Ashe-à Court
William Eden
Member of Parliament for Heytesbury
With: William Eden
Succeeded by
Lord Auckland
Michael Angelo Taylor
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Viscount of Kirkwall
Charles Moore
Member of Parliament for Heytesbury
With: Charles Abbot
Succeeded by
Charles Moore
Michael Symes
Baronetage of Great Britain
New creation Baronet
(of Heytesbury)
Succeeded by
William à Court