Despite Alexander’s failings, his first son Edmund matriculated at sixteen from Wadham College Oxford in 1695 and joined the Middle Temple two years later. He set about administering his father’s estate and replaced his father as MP for Buckingham.
This set him on a collision course with John Verney, now the second baronet. He was however elected as MP for Buckingham from 1698-1708 and became a baronet himself in May 1699. He had resolved his father’s estate by 1702.
Edmund married Mary Rowe in 1705. This was somewhat complicated by the fact that her father Anthony was owed money by Edmund’s father. Edmund pursued the balance of the ‘divorce settlement’ that Smith owed Alexander, but it was unclear whether this was to benefit Alexander or to be remitted onwards to Anthony Rowe.
In 1702 Edmund was reported as having a tedious complicated distemper of consumption and gout and he moved to Bath in Somerset in search of a cure. He made regular such journeys over the coming years while he switched to become MP for Buckinghamshire from 1708-1713.
In 1714 he was reported dangerously ill with smallpox and he died in May. His will left his real and personal estate to his brother Sir Alexander Denton.
|Note on shorthand acronyms being used in the DFB:|
– GGF1 / GGM1 – means first great-grandfather /mother;
– GU11 / GA11 – means eleventh great-uncle / great-aunt;
– 1C3 – means first cousin three times removed