Rigby Wason

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(Peter) Rigby Wason (1797 – 24 July 1875)[1] was a Scottish barrister and farmer,[2] and a Whig politician. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Ipswich in Suffolk from 1831 until his defeat at the 1835 general election. However, the election was declared void on petition,[3] and he was returned to the House of Commons at the resulting by-election, holding the seat until he was defeated again at the 1837 general election.[3]

He regained the seat at the 1841 general election, but that election was overturned on petition and he did not stand again.[3]

Wason married Euphemia McTier.[2] Their children included Cathcart Wason (1848–1921), a New Zealand settler and MP who returned to Scotland and became MP for Orkney and Shetland, and Eugene Wason (1846–1927), a lawyer and Liberal MP.[2] Peter Cathcart Wason was Eugene's grandchild.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I" [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b c Pawson, Eric. "Wason, John Cathcart". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 162. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  4. ^ "Wason family tree 2". Retrieved 1 August 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Dundas
Charles Mackinnon
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
18311835
With: James Morrison
Succeeded by
Fitzroy Kelly
Robert Dundas
Preceded by
Fitzroy Kelly
Robert Dundas
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
18351837
With: James Morrison
Succeeded by
Thomas Milner Gibson
Henry Tufnell