William Windham (of Earsham, junior)

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Earsham Hall

William Windham (c. 1706 – 1789) was a British landowner and politician.

The eldest son of William Windham of Earsham (died 1730) and Anne Tyrrell, he came of an old Norfolk family. He is sometimes called William Windham Ashe, a misnomer according to the History of Parliament.[1] On his father's death he inherited Earsham Hall in Earsham, Norfolk.

He served as sub-governor to Duke of Cumberland in 1731 and was afterwards Comptroller of the Duke's Household till the Duke's death in 1765. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1749 although his fellowship lapsed after only two years.[2]

He entered Parliament for the nearby borough of Aldeburgh in 1747, for which he sat until 1761. He briefly returned to Parliament for Helston from 1766 to 1768.

Upon his death in 1789, Earsham Hall went to his nephew, Joseph Wyndham-Bower. In April 1734, he had married Mary, Dowager Countess of Deloraine (d. 1744), daughter of Capt. Charles Howard and granddaughter of Col. Philip Howard, but the two had no children.


  1. ^ "Windham, William (?1705–89), of Earsham, Norf., History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Fellows Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Conolly
Richard Plumer
Member of Parliament for Aldeburgh
With: Zachary Philip Fonnereau
Succeeded by
Zachary Philip Fonnereau
Philip Fonnereau
Preceded by
Francis Godolphin
Sir John Evelyn, Bt
Member of Parliament for Helston
With: Sir John Evelyn, Bt 1766–1767
William Evelyn 1767–1768
Succeeded by
William Evelyn
The Earl of Clanbrassil