William Aldam

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William Aldam (20 August 1813 – 27 July 1890)[1][2] was an English Liberal Party politician and MP for the Yorkshire constituency of Leeds between 1841 and 1847.

Aldam studied law at the Middle Temple beginning in 1834 and was called to the bar in 1839 but never practised as a barrister. He became a Justice of the Peace in the West Riding of Yorkshire court of quarter sessions in 1842 and High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1878.[3]

Aldam was noted for promoting the development of railways and canals and for his staunch supporter of free trade.[citation needed] He was born a Quaker but converted to Anglicanism.[4]

A ship named William Aldam was registered at Goole in 1854 and wrecked in 1856.[5][6]


His father, also called William Aldam (died 1828), was a cloth merchant in Leeds. The family name was originally Pease, but his father changed it when he inherited the estate of the Aldam family at Frickley, near Doncaster).[4][7]

On 13 November 1845 he married Mary Stables, daughter of Rev. Godfrey Wright, of Bilham; she died 4 October 1867.

His son[8] and heir William Wright Aldam (1853–1925) married Sarah Julia Warde in 1878 and took the surname of Warde-Aldam; he was High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1905. His nephew William Aldam Milner (via his sister Susan) was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1911.


  1. ^  Foster, Joseph (1885). "Aldam, William". Men-at-the-Bar (second ed.). London: Hazell, Watson, and Viney. p. 5. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "West Riding Quarter Sessions". The National Archives (UK). QE11/52. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Aldam of Wickersley". wickersleyweb. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  5. ^ http://www.gooleships.co.uk/shipowners/private/france/williamaldam1854.htm
  6. ^ "William Aldam". Clyde Built Ships. Caledonian Maritime Research Trust. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Burke, John, 1871, Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry, Volume 1, page 8.
  8. ^ A history of Northumberland. issued under the direction of the Northumberland county history committee. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Andrew Reid & co. 1893. p. 175. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Molesworth
Edward Baines
Member of Parliament for Leeds
With: William Beckett to 1852
Succeeded by
James Garth Marshall