Sir William Abdy, 7th Baronet

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Sir William Abdy, 7th Baronet (1779 – 16 April 1868)[1] was a British politician and baronet.


Born in Marylebone, he was the only son of Sir William Abdy, 6th Baronet, and his wife Mary Gordon, daughter of James Gordon.[2] In 1803, he succeeded his father as baronet.[3] Abdy was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1796.[4]


He served in the British Army and was promoted to lieutenant of the South Essex Militia in 1798.[4] Later he was second lieutenant of the Southwark Volunteers.[4] In 1817, Abdy entered the British House of Commons as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Malmesbury until the following year.[5]


On 3 July 1806, he married Anne Wellesley, eldest and illegitimate born, later legitimitated, daughter of Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley, at Hyde Park Corner.[6] At some point during their marriage, she became lover of Lord Charles Bentinck and as result Abdy and his wife were divorced in 1816.[3] He never remarried and died aged 89, without legitimate issue, at Hill Street, London.[7] With his death the baronetcy became extinct.[7]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 1. 
  3. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. pp. 79–80. 
  4. ^ a b c "ThePeerage - Sir William Abdy, 7th Bt". Retrieved 12 January 2007. 
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Malmesbury". Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1806). The Gentleman's Magazine. part II. London: John Nichols and Son. p. 675. 
  7. ^ a b Sylvanus, Urban (1868). The Gentleman's Magazine. part I. London: Bradbury, Evans & Co. p. 778. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Hicks-Beach
Peter Patten
Member of Parliament for Malmesbury
With: Peter Patten
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Forbes
Kirkman Finlay
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
William Abdy
(of Felix Hall)
1803 – 1868