Samuel Egerton

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Samuel Egerton (28 December 1711 - 10 February 1780) was a British Member of Parliament.

Samuel Egerton was born on 28 December 1711 at the family home, Tatton Park in Cheshire. Samuel was the son of John Egerton, a grandson of John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgwater, and Elizabeth Barbour, daughter of Samuel Barbour.

Career[edit]

As the second son of the family, he was not the heir to the estate and travelled to Italy, where from 1730 to 1735 he was an apprentice to the art-dealer and connoisseur Joseph Smith in Venice.

In 1738, Samuel became master of Tatton; in 1758, he inherited a vast legacy from his uncle, Samuel Hill. He was then able to invest in improvements to Tatton Park.

He was Member of Parliament for Cheshire from 1 May 1754 until his death in 1780.

Marriage and family[edit]

Samuel married Beatrix Copley, daughter of the Rev. John Copley. Their only child was a daughter, Beatrix, who married Daniel Wilson of Dallam Tower. He was the son of Edward Wilson and grandson of Daniel Wilson). Beatrix Wilson died in childbirth in 1779, without leaving a surviving child.[1]

Samuel's sister Hester therefore became heiress of the Tatton estates. On 8 May 1780 her name was legally changed to Egerton by Royal Licence; her son William also adopted the surname of Egerton and was the ancestor of the Barons Egerton.

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