Peter Borthwick

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Peter Borthwick (1804 – 18 December 1852) was a British Conservative Party politician and newspaper editor.

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London

Political career[edit]

Borthwick was MP for Evesham from 1835–37 and again from 1841-47. In between, from 1837–41, the MP for Evesham was Sir George Rushout (later Baron Northwick) of Northwick Park, Worcestershire. These two gentlemen fought one of the last duels in England on 8 May 1838 over the disputed election of 1837.

Publishing career[edit]

Borthwick was editor of the Morning Post from 1848 until his death in 1852. This paper was noted for its outspoken support of Lord Palmerston's foreign policy.

Later life[edit]

Borthwick died on 18 December 1852 and is buried in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Brompton, but has a memorial on the tomb of his wife Margaret in Brompton Cemetery, London.[1] The grave lies at the eastmost end of the main east-west path.

Personal life[edit]

He married Margaret Colville, who died on 13 November 1864, aged 59 years.

Their son was Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk, who took over as editor of the Morning Post on the death of his father.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Hudson
Sir Charles Cockerell, Bt
Member of Parliament for Evesham
1835 – 1838
With: Sir Charles Cockerell, Bt to 1837
George Rushout from 1837
Succeeded by
Lord Marcus Hill
George Rushout
Preceded by
George Rushout
Lord Marcus Hill
Member of Parliament for Evesham
18411847
With: Lord Marcus Hill
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Willoughby, Bt
Lord Marcus Hill