Henry Aglionby Aglionby

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Henry Aglionby Aglionby (1790 – 31 July 1854)[1] was a British barrister and Whig politician.

Life and career[edit]

Born Henry Aglionby Bateman, he was the son of Rev. Samuel Bateman and Anne Aglionby. Anne became one of the co-heirs of the Aglionby family when her brother Christopher died without issue in 1785; Henry adopted the name of Aglionby in 1798 by the will of his aunt Julia Aglionby. Aglionby was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a BA in 1813 and a MA in 1816.[2] Called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in June 1816, he became a special pleader on the Northern Circuit.[3]

He was elected at the 1832 general election for the borough of Cockermouth in Cumberland,[4][5] and held the seat until his death in 1854,[6] aged 64.[1] Like many others in western Cumberland, he was a strong supporter of the secret ballot, prompted part by the systematic bribery and intimidation which was used in 1832 to secure the election of the Tory MP Matthias Attwood in Whitehaven.[7] In April 1833 Aglionby voted in favour of a motion proposed by City of London MP George Grote[8] "That all elections of Members to serve in Parliament should in future be by ballot".[9] The motion was defeated by 211 votes to 106.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 1840, he inherited the rest of the Aglionby estates, including Nunnery, Cumberland, upon the death of his first cousin Francis Aglionby (formerly Yates). He married a Mrs. Sadd on 2 March 1852, at his manor of Caterham, Surrey; they had no children.[3] By entail, the Aglionby estates passed to Charles Yates, of Virginia, the nephew of Francis Aglionby.


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "Bateman [post Aglionby], Henry Aglionby (BTMN807HA)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ a b "The Gentleman's Magazine". 42. September 1854: 307. 
  4. ^ "no. 19009". The London Gazette. 1 January 1833. p. 2. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 56. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 95. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  7. ^ "General Election: Whitehaven". The Times. London. 18 December 1832. p. 4, col E. 
  8. ^ "Election by Ballot". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 25 April 1833. col. 607–667. 
  9. ^ a b "Majority And Minority On The Ballot". The Times. London. 29 April 1833. p. 3, col E. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Henry Lowther
Sir James Scarlett
Member of Parliament for Cockermouth
With: Fretchville Dykes 1832–36
Edward Horsman 1836–52
Henry Wyndham 1852–54
Succeeded by
John Steel
Henry Wyndham