William Lygon, 2nd Earl Beauchamp

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William Beauchamp Lygon, 2nd Earl Beauchamp FRS (1783 – 12 May 1823), styled The Honourable William Lygon between 1806 and 1815 and Viscount Elmley between 1815 and 1816, was a British politician.

Early life[edit]

Lygon was the son of William Lygon, 1st Earl Beauchamp, and Catherine Denn, daughter of James Denn. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.[1]


In 1806 he was returned to parliament as one of two representatives for Worcestershire (succeeding his father), a seat he held until 1816 when he entered the House of Lords on inheriting the earldom from his father.[1][2] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 6 December 1810.[1][3]


Lord Beauchamp died at Madresfield Court, near Malvern, Worcestershire, in May 1823. He was unmarried and was succeeded in the earldom by his younger brother, John.[1]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1783–1806: Mr William Lygon
  • 1806–1810: The Honourable William Lygon MP[1]
  • 1810–1815: The Honourable William Lygon FRS MP[1][3]
  • 1815–1816: Viscount Elmley FRS MP
  • 1816–1823: The Right Honourable The Earl Beauchamp FRS[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "William Beauchamp Lygon, 2nd Earl Beauchamp". The Peerage. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)
  3. ^ a b "Fellows 1660-2007" (PDF). The Royal Society. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Lygon
John Ward
Member of Parliament for Worcestershire
With: John Ward March–November 1806
William Lyttelton November 1806–1816
Succeeded by
William Lyttelton
Henry Lygon
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Lygon
Earl Beauchamp
Succeeded by
John Reginald Pyndar