Cholmeley Dering 1679-1711
Sir Cholmeley DERING, 4th Baronet 1679-1711
Son of Sir Edward Dering of Surrenden, Kent, 3rd Baronet, and great-grandson of the first Sir Edward, the antiquary (q.v.). Matriculated at New College, Oxford 1697, but did not graduate; admitted at the Middle Temple in the same year. MP for Kent 1705, for Saltash 1708, and for Kent again 1710, where he was noted as a High Church Tory, who voted against the impeachment of Henry Sacheverell. His career was cut short by a quarrel with Richard Thornhill, one of his Kent neighbours, which led to a duel in which Dering was killed.
Dering had a bookplate (Franks *131), but the extent to which he added to the Dering library at Surrenden (where he would have inherited the collections of his great-grandfather) is not known. His will has no specific mention of books; all his goods and chattels were inherited by his son Edward, who became the 5th Baronet.
- Sir Cholmeley Dering's will, The National Archives PROB 11/521/211.
- History of Parliament.
- Foster, J. Alumni Oxonienses. London, 1888.