William Pulteney, Viscount Pulteney

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Portrait (1761), oil on canvas, of William Pulteney, Viscount Pulteney (1731–1763) by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792)

William Pulteney, Viscount Pulteney (9 January 1731 – 12 February 1763)[1] was a British Whig politician and soldier.

He was the only son of William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath and his wife Anna Maria Gumley, daughter of John Gumley.[2] Pulteney was educated at Westminster School from 1740 to 1747 and began his Grand Tour in the following year.[2] He traveled with John Douglas first to Leipzig, met his parents in Paris in 1749 and went then to Turin.[2]

In 1754, he entered the British House of Commons, sitting for Old Sarum until 1761.[3] Subsequently he represented Westminster as Member of Parliament (MP) until his death in 1763.[1] Pulteney was appointed Lord of the Bedchamber in 1760[2] and served as Aide-de-Camp to King George III of the United Kingdom between January and February 1763.[4]

In 1759, his father raised the 85th Regiment of Foot and Pulteney became its lieutenant-colonel.[2] He took part with his regiment in the Capture of Belle Île in February 1761 and moved in November to Portugal.[2] On his return to England in 1763, he died of fever in Madrid, unmarried and childless[5] and was buried in Westminster Abbey two months later.[4] His father died only a year later and the titles became extinct.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Westminster". Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Sir Lewis Namier, John Brooke, ed. (2002). The House of Commons, 1754-1790. vol. I. London: Secker & Warburg. pp. 339–340. 
  3. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Old Sarum". Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "ThePeerage - William Pulteney, Viscount Pulteney". Retrieved 26 December 2006. 
  5. ^ Conolly, Matthew Forster (1866). Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Men of Fife of Past and Present Times. Cupa, Fife: John C. Orr. p. 148. 
  6. ^ Burke, John (1831). A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 442. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Earl of Middlesex
Simon Fanshawe
Member of Parliament for Old Sarum
17541761
With: Thomas Pitt of Boconnoc 1754–1756
Sir William Calvert 1756–1761
Succeeded by
Thomas Pitt of Boconnoc
Howell Gwynne
Preceded by
John Crosse
Edward Cornwallis
Member of Parliament for Westminster
1761 – 1763
With: Edward Cornwallis 1761–1762
Edwin Sandys 1762–1763
Succeeded by
Edwin Sandys
Lord Warkworth
Political offices
New office Lord of the Bedchamber
1760 – 1763
Succeeded by
The Lord Willoughby de Broke