William Rouse-Boughton

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Sir William Edward Rouse-Boughton, 2nd and 10th Baronet (14 September 1788 – 22 May 1856) was a Member of Parliament for Evesham in Worcestershire.

Origins[edit]

He was the only son and heir of Sir Charles Rouse Boughton, 1st and 9th Baronet (d.1821) by his wife Catherine Pearce Hall.

Career[edit]

He is said to have attended Westminster School from 1803 to 1805, but the records are not clear. He attended Christ Church College, Oxford after which for several years he enjoyed a European Grand Tour until 1813. In 1818 he was nominated as Member of Parliament for the rotten borough of Evesham, which seat his father had held, but was ousted on petition by Sir Charles Cockerell. His political leanings were far from clear and in his address of thanks, he described himself as "unbiased by any political party of connexion". He regained his seat in 1820 and he remained MP for Evesham until 1825. His opposition leanings became apparent once in office. He inherited the two baronetcies after his father's death in 1821.

Marriage & progeny[edit]

On 24 March 1824 he married Charlotte Knight (1800–1842), a renowned horticulturalist, the daughter and heiress of the horticulturalist Thomas Knight by his wife, a member of the Fenton family known as the celebrated Grecian "Miss Fenton". Thomas Knight had inherited Downton Castle near Ludlow from his brother the art connoisseur Payne Knight (d.1824), MP,[1] and thus it passed to the Rouse-Boughton family. By his wife he had progeny two sons and two daughters.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • R G Thorne History of Parliament:The Commons - 1790-1820, HMSO
  • Castlereagh Correspondence ix.11

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Manning
Humphrey Howorth
Member of Parliament for Evesham
18181826
With: Humphrey Howorth 1818
Sir Charles Cockerell 1820–1825
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Cockerell
Edward Davis-Protheroe
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Sir Charles Rouse Boughton
Baronet
(of Lawford)
1821–1856
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Henry Rouse Boughton
Preceded by
Sir Charles Rouse Boughton
Baronet
(of Rouse Lench)
1821–1856
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Henry Rouse Boughton