Chapple, William (1677-1745) (DNB00)

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CHAPPLE, WILLIAM (1677–1745), judge, was of the Chapples of Waybay House, Dorsetshire, and was born in 1677. He was an industrious student of law, and became a Serjeant in 1724. In 1722 he was elected M.P. for Dorchester, and sat for the borough till 1737. About 1728 he was appointed a judge on the North Wales circuit, and in 1729 was knighted and made king's Serjeant. On the promotion of Sir William Lee he was in 1737 (16 June) raised to a puisne judgeship of the kind's bench, and held his office with high reputation till his death, 16 March 1746. He was buried in a tomb of black and white marble in Wonersh church. He married Trehane Clifton, daughter and heiress to Susan Clifton of Green Place, Wonersh, Surrey, 23 Jan. 1710, and had by her four sons, William, Richard, John, and Joseph, and two daughters, Grace and Jane, one of whom married Sir Fletcher Norton, afterwards Lord Grantly.

[Foss's Lives of the Judges; Hutchins's Dorset, i. 373, 696, ii. 6; Manning and Bray's Surrey, ii. 116; Brayley's Surrey, v. 124; Gent. Mag. XV. 164.]

J. A. H.