William Noel-Hill, 3rd Baron Berwick

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William Noel-Hill, 3rd Baron Berwick, attributed to Richard Cosway.

William Noel-Hill, 3rd Baron Berwick, PC, FSA (21 October 1773 – 4 August 1842) was a British peer, politician and diplomatist.[1]

Born William Hill, he was the second son of Noel Hill, who was created first Baron Berwick in 1784, and his wife, Anna, a maternal granddaughter of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford.[1] He was educated at Rugby School and Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating M.A. in 1793.[2]

From 1796–1812, he was Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and for Marlborough from 1814–18.[1][3] He also held command, as major, of the Shrewsbury Yeomanry Cavalry from its inception in 1798 until 1804, when the command was handed to Charles Dallas.[4]

In 1805, Hill had been appointed envoy to Regensburg (though the Napoleonic Wars prevented him from taking up office), to the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1807 and to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1824.[1] That same year he and his younger brother assumed the additional surname of Noel, from his grandfather, and was created a Privy Councillor.[1][5][6][7] In 1822, he had rejected George Canning's offer of the post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

In 1832, he inherited the barony of Berwick from his childless older brother, Thomas.[1] Although he was briefly engaged to Lady Hester Stanhope, he died unmarried and without legitimate issue[1] at Red Rice, Hampshire in 1842, aged sixty-eight, and his title passed to his younger brother, Richard.[1] He was buried in the family vault at St Eata's parish church, Atcham.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Cokayne et al., The Complete Peerage, volume II, p.168
  2. ^ "Hill, William (HL791W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16898. p. 1009. 14 May 1814. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  4. ^ Gladstone, E.W. (1953). The Shropshire Yeomanry 1795–1945, the Story of a Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. The Whitethorn Press. pp. 26–36. 
  5. ^ Cokayne et al., The Complete Peerage, volume II, p.167
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 18013. p. 500. 27 March 1824. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 18019. p. 617. 17 April 1824. Retrieved 2007-10-31.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Pulteney
and John Hill
Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury
1796–1800
With: William Pulteney
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury
1801–1812
With: William Pulteney 1801–05,
John Hill 1805–06,
Henry Grey Bennet 1806–07,
Thomas Jones 1807–11,
Henry Grey Bennet 1811–12
Succeeded by
Henry Grey Bennet
and Sir Rowland Hill
Preceded by
Lord Bruce
and Edward Stopford
Member of Parliament for Marlborough
1814–1818
With: Edward Stopford
Succeeded by
Lord Brudenell
and Hon. John Wodehouse
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas Jackson
British Minister to Sardinia
1807–1824
Succeeded by
Augustus Foster
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Hill
Baron Berwick
1832–1842
Succeeded by
Richard Noel-Hill