William Holmes (MP)

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William ("Billy") Holmes (2 April 1779 – 26 January 1851) was a British Tory politician of the early nineteenth century, and an MP for 28 years.

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London

Holmes serving as party manager, and Chief Whip in the House of Commons from about 1802 until his seat (for the rotten borough of Haslemere) was abolished by the Great Reform Act of 1832. He had also previously represented several other constituencies; after the Reform Act he was out of the Commons for five years, but returned in 1837 as MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Holmes was also Treasurer of the Ordnance from 1818-31.

His wife was Helen Tew, Dowager Lady Stronge (1769–1852), widow of Sir James Stronge, 1st Baronet of Tynan Abbey, County Armagh, Ireland (1750–1804).

Holmes is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Williams
John Teed
Member of Parliament for Grampound
1808–1812
With: Hon. George Cochrane 1808-1812
Hon. Andrew Cochrane-Johnstone 1812
Succeeded by
Hon. Andrew Cochrane-Johnstone
John Teed
Preceded by
William Gore-Langton
James O'Callaghan
Member of Parliament for Tregony
1812–1818
With: Alexander Cray Grant
Succeeded by
Viscount Barnard
James O'Callaghan
Preceded by
Thomas Peregrine Courtenay
Ayshford Wise
Member of Parliament for Totnes
1818–1820
With: Thomas Peregrine Courtenay
Succeeded by
Thomas Peregrine Courtenay
John Bent
Preceded by
Douglas James William Kinnaird
William Clive
Member of Parliament for Bishop's Castle
1820–1830
With: Edward Rogers
Succeeded by
Frederick Hamilton Cornewall
Edward Rogers
Preceded by
The Lord Downes
John Capel
Member of Parliament for Haslemere
1830
With: Sir Philip Durham
Succeeded by
John Capel
Thomas Gladstone
Preceded by
Sir John Beckett
George Lowther Thompson
Member of Parliament for Haslemere
1830–1832
With: Sir John Beckett
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin
James Bradshaw
Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed
1837–1841
With: Richard Hodgson
Succeeded by
Richard Hodgson
Matthew Forster
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Alcock
Treasurer of the Ordnance
1818–1831
Succeeded by
Thomas Creevey