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Sir William Hicks, 1st Baronet (1596 – 9 October 1680), of Beverston in Gloucestershire and Ruckholt in Essex, was an English Member of Parliament. He was the son of the wealthy courtier Sir Michael Hicks, who was secretary to Lord Burghley during the reign of Queen Elizabeth; Burghley was his godfather, and he was named William in Burghley's honour. He inherited a substantial estate on his father's death in 1612, and on 21 July 1619 he was created a baronet.

Sir William served in two Parliaments as member for Great Marlow, that of 1625-6 and once more in the Short Parliament of 1640. During the Civil War he was a staunch Royalist, and saw action at the Siege of Colchester in 1648, as a result of which he was imprisoned for several weeks.

He married Margaret Paget, daughter of Lord Paget, and they had a number of children:

  • Baptist, who died young
  • Elizabeth, who died young
  • Sir William Hicks (1629-1703), who succeeded to the baronetcy
  • Letitia Hicks, who married The Earl of Donegall
  • Catherine, who died young
  • Francis, who died young
  • Sir Michael Hicks, whose line inherited the baronetcy after the death of the last of his brother's descendants, and from whom the Earls St Aldwyn are descended
  • Elizabeth, who died young


Baronetage of England
Preceded by
New creation
(of Beverston)
Succeeded by
William Hicks


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