Arthur Atherley

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Arthur Atherley (12 June 1772 – 1 October 1844)[1] was an English Member of Parliament, serving the Southampton constituency three times, as Whig, Liberal and Reformer.

Atherley was born in Southampton, the son of Arthur Atherley and Susanna Carter,[1] and was the fifth successive member of the Atherley family to be baptised as "Arthur".[2] He was educated at Eton College where, in 1791, he had his portrait painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence – this portrait now hangs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.[3] At Eton, he was captain of the Ad Montem club, an institution with roots to medieval times that survived until 1847. One of the club's traditions was to take part in a procession to Salt Hill during which boys in fancy costume, the salt bearers, participated in the maintenance of their "captain" at university by levying contributions from passers-by.[3]

After finishing his education at Eton, he then went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was admitted a pensioner on 6 May 1790, matriculating at Michaelmas, 1791, following which he was admitted to Lincoln's Inn.[4] On 2 June 1793, he married Lady Louisa Kerr, daughter of William Kerr, 5th Marquess of Lothian; they had eight children.[1]

Atherley was four times elected to represent Southampton as M.P.; in 1806, 1812, 1831 and 1832,[5] and was one of the original members of the Fox Club. He was also a member of the family banking business in Southampton.[2] He retired from politics in 1835.[6]

He later moved to Sussex, where he served as a justice of the peace, and he died at Tower House, Brighton, in 1844, but his body was returned to Southampton and buried in All Saints' Church.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Arthur Atherley". Wildings & Thurleys, Cantophers & McConnells. website.lineone.net. Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Leonard, A.G.K. (1984). Stories of Southampton Streets. Paul Cave Publications. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-86146-041-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Portrait of Arthur Atherley as an Etonian, circa 1791". Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Atherley, Arthur (ATRY790A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ "Hansard record: Arthur Atherley". Hansard. www.hansard.millbanksystems.com. Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
  6. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine. 1844. p. 650. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Amyatt
George Henry Rose
Member of Parliament for Southampton
18061807
With: George Henry Rose
Succeeded by
Josias Jackson
George Henry Rose
Preceded by
Josias Jackson
George Henry Rose
Member of Parliament for Southampton
18121818
With: George Henry Rose
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William Chamberlayne
George Henry Rose
Preceded by
Abel Rous Dottin
James Barlow-Hoy
Member of Parliament for Southampton
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With: John Storey Penleaze 1831–1832
James Barlow-Hoy 1832–1833
John Storey Penleaze 1833–1835
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