memorial inscription of the 5th baronet at Hursley, as transcribed by Roz Monaghan:
To the honour and glory of God and in loving memory of the Right Honorable Sir William Heathcote 5th Baronet of Hursley Lord of the Manor of Merdon. This monument is dedicated to his wife and children. He was the only son of the Rev William Heathcote Rector of Worting and Prebdenary of Winchester [second son of Sir William Heathcote 3rd Baronet of Hursley] by Elizabeth the daughter of Lovelace Bigg Wither Esq of Marydown Hants. He was educated at the College of St Mary at Winchester and at Oriel College Oxford where in 1821 he was placed in the first class in classics and in the following
year was elected fellow of All Souls College. In 1824 he took the degree of B.C.L and in 1830 that of D.C.I In 1826 Sir William Heathcote was returned to Parliament for the County of Southampton. He retired in 1832 was re-elected in 1837 for the northern division of this County which he represented until 1849 and in 1854 was returned to the University of Oxford which seat he continued to fill until he finallly retired in 1865. He was Chairman of quarter sessions for Hants from 1838 till 1850 and a Deputy Lieutenant for that County. He was sworn of Her Majesty's Privy Council in 1870. Sir William married first November 8th 1825 the Hon Caroline Frances Perceval youngest daughter of the 1st Baron of Arden she died March 3rd 1835 and by her he had 3 sons and 1 daughter. And second
May 18th 1841 Selina eldest daughter of Evelyn John Shirley Esq MP of Eatington Park Warwickshire by who he had 4 sons and 4 daughters. He departed this life 17th August 1881 aged 80 years. Not slothfull in business present in spirit serving the Lord. The path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
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