William Brougham, 2nd Baron Brougham and Vaux

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William Brougham, 2nd Baron Brougham and Vaux DL, JP (26 September 1795 – 3 January 1886), known as William Brougham until 1868, was a British barrister and Whig politician.

Background and education[edit]

Brougham was the youngest son of Henry Brougham and Eleanor Syme, daughter of the Reverend James Syme. Lord Chancellor Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, was his elder brother. He was educated at Edinburgh High School and Jesus College, Cambridge,[1] and was called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, in 1823.


Brougham was appointed a Master in Chancery in 1831, which he remained until the following year. In 1831 he was also returned to Parliament for Southwark, a seat he held until 1835.[2] He was also lieutenant-colonel in the Cumberland Volunteers and served as a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Cumberland. In 1868 he succeeded his elder brother as second Baron Brougham and Vaux according to a special remainder in the letters patent, and was able to take a seat in the House of Lords.


Lord Brougham and Vaux married Emily Frances, daughter of Sir Charles William Taylor, 1st Baronet, in 1834. They had three sons and three daughters. She died in April 1884. Lord Brougham and Vaux survived her by two years and died in January, 1886, aged 90, at Brougham Hall, a gothic revival mansion, the building of which was largely overseen by William before he succeeded Henry as Baron Brougham. [3] He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son, Henry.


  1. ^ "Brougham, William (BRHN813W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ hansard.millbankssystems.com
  3. ^ Thomas, Mark (1992). A History of Brougham Hall and High Head Castle. Chichester: Phillimore. pp. xiv,177. ISBN 085033845X. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Robert Thomas Wilson
Charles Calvert
Member of Parliament for Southwark
With: Charles Calvert 1831–1832
John Humphery 1832–1835
Succeeded by
John Humphery
Daniel Whittle Harvey
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Peter Brougham
Baron Brougham and Vaux
Succeeded by
Henry Charles Brougham