William Brodrick, 8th Viscount Midleton
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William Brodrick, 8th Viscount Midleton (6 January 1830 – 18 April 1907), was a British peer and Conservative politician.
Midleton was the son of Reverend William John Brodrick, 7th Viscount Midleton, Dean of Exeter and Chaplain to Queen Victoria, son of the Right Reverend the Hon. Charles Brodrick, Archbishop of Cashel. His mother was Harriett, daughter of George Brodrick, 4th Viscount Midleton. His brother, the Honourable George Charles Brodrick, was for many years warden of Merton College, Oxford
Midleton contested the East Surrey parliamentary seat in 1865 but was unsuccessful. Midleton was returned to Parliament as one of two representatives for Surrey Mid in 1868. He vacated his seat in the commons two years later when he succeeded his father in the viscountcy. He served on two commissions, the Noxious Vapours Commission (1875) and the Sale of Exchange of Livings (1877) although his blindness limited his ability to do more in public life.
Midleton's son later wrote of him:
My father, whose courage and self-denial were conspicuous, suffered from serious defects of sight and hearing, partly due to an accident, but mainly to his father and mother having been first cousins, from which source a disability affected several of my grandfather's family in different ways. The calamity of partial blindness came upon my father early in his married life, and deprived him of a rising practice at the Bar. Although he fought his way with splendid energy into Parliament, his infirmities robbed him of the full scope which his ability and untiring work would have commanded.
Lord Midleton married the Hon. Augusta Mary, daughter of Thomas Fremantle, 1st Baron Cottesloe, in 1853. they had three sons and five daughters. Lady Midleton died on 1 June 1903 aged 75 at Peper Harow. Lord Brodrick survived her by four years and died on 18 April 1907, aged 77 at Peper Harow. He was succeeded by his eldest son, St John, who was a prominent Conservative politician and was created Earl of Midleton in 1920.
- "Viscount Midleton." Times [London, England] 19 Apr. 1907: 10. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2014.
- The Earl of Midleton, Records & Reactions 1856-1939 (London, John Murray, 1939), at pages 1-2
- "Obituary." Times [London, England] 2 June 1903: 7. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2014.
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Midleton
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Surrey Mid
With: Henry Peek
Sir Richard Baggallay
Hon. Francis Egerton
|Lord Lieutenant of Surrey
Hon. Henry Cubitt
|Peerage of Ireland|
William John Brodrick
St John Brodrick