William I Betham (1749–1839)

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Rev. William I Betham (1749–1839) was an English clergyman and antiquarian, best known for his work on the history of the English Baronetage.


He was born at Little Strickland, near Morland, Westmoreland, on 17 May 1749. He was educated at the public school of Bampton, was ordained in 1773, apparently without graduating at a university, and became chaplain to the Earl of Ancaster. From 1784 to 1833 he was head master of the endowed school at Stonham Aspel in Suffolk, which post he resigned in 1833, on being presented to the rectory of Stoke Lacy, in the Diocese of Hereford. He died six years later in 1839, aged 90.


Betham was the author of two antiquarian works.

Genealogical Tables of the Sovereigns of the World[edit]

In 1795 in London he published by subscription Genealogical Tables of the Sovereigns of the World, from the Earliest to the Present Period, giving Pedigrees of Royal Families, beginning with the Antediluvian Patriarchs, and concluding with the House of Cromwell. It was dedicated to King George III.

Baronetage of England[edit]

Betham's The Baronetage of England, or the History of the English Baronets, and such Baronets of Scotland as are of English Families, with Genealogical Tables and Engravings of their Armorial Bearings was published in five volumes between 1801 and 1805. The baronets are listed in the volumes by reign of monarch and by order of creation. The armorials of each baronet are illustrated in monochrome plates at the end of each volume. The volumes are as follows:

Marriage & progeny[edit]

In 1774 he married Mary Damont, daughter of William Damont, of Eye, Suffolk, by whom he had fifteen children, including:



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Betham, William (1749-1839)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.