Sir William Meredith, 3rd Baronet

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Sir William Meredith, 3rd Baronet (c. 1725 – 2 January 1790) was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1754 to 1780.

Depiction of Henbury Hall in 1707

Early life[edit]

Meredith was the son of Amos Meredith (1688–1745) of Chester and Johanna Cholmondlely, daughter of Thomas Cholmondely of Vale Royal, Chester.[1] He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 24 March 1743 aged 18.[2] His father died in 1744 and in 1752 he inherited his baronetcy and estates on the death of his grandfather, Sir William Meredith, 2nd Baronet.[1]

Political career[edit]

At the 1754 general election Meredith was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament for Wigan. By the time of the 1761 general election the opposition at Wigan had consolidated against him and he stood instead for Liverpool. He was returned after a contest. As one of the Rockingham Whigs, he served as a Lord of the Admiralty from 1765 to 1766. He was returned unopposed for Liverpool at the 1768 general election. In 1774, he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Comptroller of the Household and at the subsequent 1774 general election was again returned unopposed.[3] Meredith was an extravagant man and in 1779 was obliged to sell the family estate at Henbury, Cheshire to John Bower Jodrell for £24,000. [4] He did not stand at in 1780 because of ill-health. In 1784 he stood again at Liverpool but withdrew before the end of the poll.[3]

Later life and legacy[edit]

Meredith died unmarried in Lyons, France on 2 January 1790. His only brother Theophilus had died in 1775 leaving a daughter, and so the baronetcy became extinct. Of his sisters

The town of Meredith, New Hampshire is named for him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c John Burke, Bernard Burke (1844). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland. W. Clowes. p. 632. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  2. ^ Foster, Joseph. "Alumni oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886". University of Oxford.
  3. ^ a b "MEREDITH, Sir William, 3rd Bt. (?1725-90), of Henbury, Cheshire and Pierrepont, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  4. ^  William Prideaux Courtney (1894). "Meredith, William". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 37. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Clayton
Hon. Richard Barry
Member of Parliament for Wigan
1754–1761
With: Hon. Richard Barry
Succeeded by
Fletcher Norton
Simon Luttrell
Preceded by
Sir Ellis Cunliffe
Charles Pole
Member of Parliament for Liverpool
1761–1780
With: Sir Ellis Cunliffe 1761–1767
Richard Pennant 1767–1780
Succeeded by
Bamber Gascoyne
Henry Rawlinson
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Pelham
Comptroller of the Household
1774–1777
Succeeded by
The Lord Onslow
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
William Meredith
Baronet
(of Marston)
1732–1790
Dormant