William Blamire

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William Blamire (13 April 1790 – 12 January 1862)[1] was a British farmer, civil servant and Whig Party politician.

Background and education[edit]

Born to a Cumberland originated family at the The Oaks, he was the eldest son of the naval surgeon William Blamire.[2] His mother Jane was the third daughter of John Christian and sister of the politician John Christian Curwen.[2] The poet and writer Susanna Blamire was his aunt.[3] Blamire was baptised in Dalston by the philosopher William Paley at that time vicar there.[2] He was first privateley educated at Carlisle and was admitted to Westminster School in 1805.[4] Three years later, he went then to Christ Church, Oxford, graduating in 1811.[5]


A farmer, Blamire was nominated High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1828.[6] He entered the British House of Commons in 1831, having been elected for Cumberland.[6] Blamire represented the constituency until its abolishment in the next year and then stood successfully for the new established East Cumberland.[6] Blamire resigned as Member of Parliament in 1836, when after the passing of the Tithe Commutation Act 1836 he was appointed the first Chief Tithe Commissioner.[7] The Commission reported in 1851 and triggered various new acts and reforms.[8] Blamire retired in 1860.[7]


In 1834, Blamire married his cousin Dorothy.[9] She was the youngest daughter of John Taubman and the widow of Mark Wilks, who had governored Saint Helena during the time of Napoleon's exile there.[9] His wife died in 1857[10] and Blamire survived her for five years until 1862.[11] Few months later a prize with his name was endowed for achievements in agriculture.[12]


  1. ^ Lonsdale (1867), p. 317
  2. ^ a b c Urban (1862), p. 470
  3. ^ Maycock (2003), p. 97
  4. ^ Lonsdale (1867), p. 211
  5. ^ Lonsdale (1867), p. 212
  6. ^ a b c Walford (1860), p. 57
  7. ^ a b Urban (1862), p. 242
  8. ^ Lonsdale (1867), p. 278
  9. ^ a b Burke (1862), p. 112
  10. ^ Lonsdale (1867), p. 299
  11. ^ Lonsdale (1867), p. 314
  12. ^ Lonsdale (1867), p. 315


  • Burke, Sir Bernhard (1862). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. I. London: Harrison. 
  • Walford, Edward (1860). The County Families of the United Kingdom. London: Robert Hardwicke. 
  • Maycock, Christopher Hugh (2003). A Passionate Poet: Susanna Blamire, 1747–94. London: Hypatia Publications. ISBN 1-872229-42-5. 
  • Sylvanus, Urban (1862). The Gentleman's Magazine. part I. London: John Henry and James Parker. 
  • Lonsdale, Henry (1867). The Worthies of Cumberland. vol. I. London: George Routledge and Sons. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Blamire, William". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir James Graham, Bt
John Lowther
Member of Parliament for Cumberland
With: Sir James Graham, Bt
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Cumberland
With: Sir James Graham, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir James Graham, Bt
William James