Sir William Fowle Middleton, 1st Baronet

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Shrubland Hall as remodelled by the 2nd Baronet

Sir William Fowle Middleton, 1st Baronet (8 November 1748 – 26 December 1829) was an English Member of Parliament and High Sheriff. [1]

He was born William Middleton in Charleston, South Carolina, the eldest son of William Middleton of Crowfield. He was educated at Bury St Edmunds Grammar School and Caius College, Cambridge and succeeded his father in 1775.

He was pricked High Sheriff of Suffolk for 1782-83. In 1784 he was elected MP for Ipswich, sitting until 1790. He was re-elected for the same constituency for 1803 to 1806 and finally for Hastings in 1806. He was created a baronet in 1804.

He purchased the Shrubland estate in the late 1700s and in 1823 adopted the additional name of Fowle under the will of John Fowle of Broome, Norfolk.

He had married Harriot, the daughter and eventual heiress of Nathaniel Acton of Bramford Hall, Suffolk and had 1 son and 2 daughters. He was succeeded by his only son, Sir William Fowle Middleton, 2nd Baronet. His daughter Sarah Louisa married Philip Broke, later Rear-Admiral Sir Philip Bowes Vere Broke, 1st Baronet.

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  1. ^ "MIDDLETON, William (1748-1829), of Crowfield and Shrubland Park, Suff". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Wollaston
Thomas Staunton
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: John Cator to Jun 1784
Charles Alexander Crickitt from Jun 1784
Succeeded by
Sir John D'Oyly, 6th Baronet
Charles Alexander Crickitt
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Hamond, 1st Baronet
Charles Alexander Crickitt
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Sir Andrew Hamond, 1st Baronet
Succeeded by
Richard Wilson
Robert Stopford
Preceded by
The Lord Glenbervie
George William Gunning
Member of Parliament for Hastings
With: Sir John Nicholl
Succeeded by
George Canning
Sir Abraham Hume, 2nd Baronet