Sir James Long, 5th Baronet
Sir James Long, 5th Baronet (
1682- 16 March 1729) was an English politician.
The son of James Long and his wife Susan Strangways, he was baptised at Melbury,
Dorchester, Dorsetin 1682. Long was Member of Parliamentfor Chippenham in 1705, 1707, 1708, and 1710, and for Wootton Bassett in 1714. He was the grandson of Sir James Long, 2nd Baronetand brother of the celebrated Kit-Cat Clubbeauty Anne Long (c.1681-1711).
He succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his brother Sir Giles, the 4th Baronet, in 1698. On the death of his grandmother Lady Dorothy Long in 1710, he inherited the
DraycotEstate together with AthelhamptonManor, other land in Wiltshireand Dorset, and an estate near Riponin Yorkshire. He used the inheritance to purchase more land in Dorset, adjacent to Athelhampton, in the manors of Burlestonand Southover.
He married Henrietta Greville on
6 June 1702at St Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London. She was the daughter of Fulke Greville, 5th Baron Brookeand his wife Sarah Dashwood, and a descendant of the Earl of Bedford. There were four daughters and two sons from this marriage, including Sir Robert Long, 6th Baronet.
Long died at his London residence in
Jermyn Streeton 16 March 1729from apoplexy. Four of his six children survived him, including his daughter Susanna, who created a scandal by marrying her mother's gardener in 1732. Viscount Perceval, (related distantly by marriage to the Longs) had noted this event in his diary. Lady Henrietta Long died 19 May 1765at Bath.
The Gentleman's Magazine1765
*Hand of Fate. The History of the Longs, Wellesleys and the Draycot Estate in Wiltshire. Tim Couzens 2001 ISBN 1 903341 72 6
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