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  THE STORY OF SHOREHAM                
          SIR WILLIAM PEEVE WILLIAMS  
                           
He married 9th January, 1748-9, Lady Caroline Pierrepoint,. eldest daughter of Evelyn (Pierrepoint) 1st Duke of Kingston, by his second wife, Lady Isabella Bentinck. She died 9th June, 1753, and was buried at Kingston, leaving one son, Thomas, who, married the Hon. Gertrude Roper who succeeded her brother as Baroness Dacre and on her death 3rd October, 1819, her eldest son, Thomas, became 20th Lord Dacre, whose second son was the Rt. Hon. Henry Bouverie Brand, of Glynde Place, Sussex, Speaker of the House of Commons, afterwards Lord Hampden. (Sup. Vol. Victoria-History of Herts).            
  first Viscount Sydney, by whom (who died 18th September, 1808) he had six sons and one daughter. Died 22nd August, 1765, and was succeeded in the title by his eldest son George, who married, 3rd December, 1778, Frances, daughter of the Rt. Hon. Thomas, Lord Pelham, of Stanmer, in Sussex.   Lord Middleton's decease occasioned a Bye-election at Shoreham.
  Sir William Peere Williams, Bart. Grandson of William Peere Williams, Law Reporter of Gray's Inn. (His father, Sir Hutchins Williams was created a baronet, and died 4th November, 1758). First elected M.P. for New Shoreham 27th December, 1758, vice Richard Stratton, deceased, and again 1 George III., 1761. In 1760 he introduced a Bill into Parliament for the improvement of Shorebam Harbour, which resulted in an entrance being formed at Kingston and the carrying out of other necessary works.He was one of the first Harbour Commissioners.
                 
21 April   1746 Charles Frederick, Esq., re-elected after        
                 
                 
10 April   1750   Charles Frederick, Esq., re-elected after appointment as Surveyor-General of the Ordnance.  
 
  Sir William was a Captain in Burgoyne's Dragoons (now the 16th Lancers) and was killed in 1761 at the siege of St. Cas, in the Island of Belleisle, situated off the coast of France in the north of the Bay of Biscay.
                 
Charles Frederick, Esq.   Third son of Sir Thomas Frederick, Knt. Born 21st December, 1709. Matric. New College,  
Oxford, 19th March, 1725.   Admitted to the Middle Temple,  
1728.   Married, firstly (20th August, 1741) the youngest daughter of Sir Roger Hudson, of Sunbury, Middlesex, and secondly (18th. August, 1746) the Hon. Lucy Boscawen, daughter of the 1st   " In the recklessness of a desponding mind he approached too near the enemy's sentinels and was shot through the body." The exact date of his death is not known but it was probably during the last week in April, 1761. The sum of £250 in bank notes was found in his pockets and, with the body, was honourably returned by the French Government.
Viscount Falmouth.   M.P. for New Shoreham 1741-54, Queensborough, Kent, 1754-80.   Installed as Knight of the Bath, 26th May, 1761.   Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance, April,. 1746-50. Surveyor-General of the Ordnance, April, 1750-March  
                 
                  Walpole, writing to George Montague, Esq., under date 5th May, 1761, says : " We have lost a young genius, Sir William Williams. An express from Belleisle arrived this morning, brings nothing but his death.   He was shot-very unnecessarily riding too near a battery ; in sum, he is a sacrifice to his own rashness and ours." The citadel capitulated 7th June, 1761.
1782.   Comptroller of H.M. Lab oratory at Woolwich from before 1749 to 1782. F.R.S. and F.S.A. 1731.   Director of the Society of Antiquaries, 1735-6 and 1737.   Died near Hammersmith, 18th. December, 1785.  
                 
                           
                           
27 Dec., 1755.   Sir William Peere Williams, Bart. (vice Richard Stratton, Esq., deceased).   A letter of dray, the poet, to Mason in August, 1761, contains the following remarks : " Mr. Montague (as I guess at your instigation) has earnestly desired me to write some lines to be put on a monument which he means to erect at Belleisle.   It is a task I do not love, knowing Sir William Williams so slightly as I did ;   but he (Mr. Montague) is so friendly a person and his affliction seemed to me so real that I could not refuse him. I have sent him the following verses which I neither like myself nor will he I doubt : however, I have showed him that I wished to oblige him."
 
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    Viscount Middleton   Williams, Bart.    
George, Viscount Middleton, in the Peerage of Ireland.   Eldest son of Alan, second Viscount, one of the Commissioners of the Customs in England, by his wife Lady Mary Capel (married. 7th May, 1729) youngest daughter of Algernon, 2nd Earl of Essex. Born 3rd October, 1730, and married 1st May, 1752, Albinia, eldest daughter of the Hon. Thomas Townshend, and sister of the:  
                 
                           
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