Paul Thompson, 1st Baron Wenlock

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Paul Beilby Lawley Thompson, 1st Baron Wenlock (1 July 1784 – 9 May 1852), born Paul Beilby Lawley, was an English nobleman and Whig politician.


Thompson was the youngest son of Sir Robert Lawley, 5th Baronet and Jane Thompson.

In 1820, he inherited the estate of Escrick in Yorkshire from his uncle, Richard Thompson, and changed his name to Paul Beilby Thompson. He entered parliament for Wenlock, in Shropshire in 1828, and retained the seat until 1832. He then stood for the East Riding of Yorkshire, and was member there until 1837. In 1839, he was created Baron Wenlock, of Wenlock in the County of Salop,[1] a title previously held by his eldest brother Robert, who died without issue. Upon ennoblement, he was given a Royal Licence to change his name to Paul Beilby Lawley Thompson, and allow his heirs to carry only the Lawley surname.[2]

He married Caroline Neville (d. 1868), daughter of Richard Griffin, 2nd Baron Braybrooke, by whom he had five children:[3]


  1. ^ "No. 19730". The London Gazette. 3 May 1839. p. 928. 
  2. ^ "Forbes-Adam (Thompson/Lawley) family, Barons Wenlock, of Escrick and Skipwith". Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  3. ^ Foster, Joseph (1874). Pedigrees of the County Families of Yorkshire. London. 
  4. ^ "Lawley, Stephen Willoughby". Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  5. ^ Jane Stuart Wortley, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Retrieved 31 January 2016

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Forester
William Lacon Childe
Member of Parliament for Wenlock
With: John Weld-Forester 1826–1828
George Weld-Forester 1828–1832
Succeeded by
George Weld-Forester
James Milnes Gaskell
New constituency Member of Parliament for the East Riding of Yorkshire
With: Richard Bethell
Succeeded by
Richard Bethell
Henry Broadley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Carlisle
Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
Viscount Morpeth
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Wenlock
Succeeded by
Beilby Lawley
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Francis Lawley
(of Spoonhill)
Succeeded by
Beilby Lawley