William Noel-Hill, 3rd Baron Berwick

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William Noel-Hill, 3rd Baron Berwick, attributed to Richard Cosway.

William Noel-Hill, 3rd Baron Berwick, PC, FSA (21 October 1773 – 4 August 1842) was a British peer, politician and diplomatist.[1]

Born William Hill, he was the second son of Noel Hill, who was created first Baron Berwick in 1784, and his wife, Anna, a maternal granddaughter of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford.[1] He was educated at Rugby School and Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating M.A. in 1793.[2]

From 1796–1812, he was Tory Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and for Marlborough from 1814–18.[1][3]

He held command, as major, of the Shrewsbury Yeomanry Cavalry from its inception in 1798 until 1804, when the command was handed to Charles Dallas,[4] and of the Shropshire Militia as lieutenant-colonel from 1801 to 1814, although diplomatic duty abroad took him away from duty in this country.[5]

Hill went to France as attaché to the British chargé d'affaires in Paris in November 1801, and was on duty during the truce brought about by the Peace of Amiens. When war with Napoleon resumed he was briefly in captivity but escaped to England.[5] In 1805, Hill was appointed ambassador to Ratisbon (though the Napoleonic Wars prevented him from taking up office), to the Kingdom of Sardinia, whose court was exiled by the war in Cagliari in 1807 and at Turin in 1814 following Napoleon's defeat, and to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies at Naples in 1824.[1] That same year he and his younger brother assumed the additional surname of Noel, from his grandfather, and was created a Privy Councillor.[1][6][7][8] In 1822, he had rejected George Canning's offer of the post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

In 1832, he inherited the barony of Berwick from his childless older brother, Thomas.[1] Although he was briefly engaged to Lady Hester Stanhope, he died unmarried and without legitimate issue[1] at Red Rice, Hampshire in 1842, aged sixty-eight, and his title passed to his younger brother, Richard.[1] He was buried in the family vault at St Eata's parish church, Atcham.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Cokayne et al., The Complete Peerage, volume II, p.168
  2. ^ "Hill, William (HL791W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ "no. 16898". The London Gazette. 14 May 1814. p. 1009. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  4. ^ Gladstone, E.W. (1953). The Shropshire Yeomanry 1795–1945, the Story of a Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. The Whitethorn Press. pp. 26–36. 
  5. ^ a b [1] History of Parliament article.
  6. ^ Cokayne et al., The Complete Peerage, volume II, p.167
  7. ^ "no. 18013". The London Gazette. 27 March 1824. p. 500. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  8. ^ "no. 18019". The London Gazette. 17 April 1824. p. 617. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Pulteney
and John Hill
Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury
With: William Pulteney
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury
With: William Pulteney 1801–05,
John Hill 1805–06,
Henry Grey Bennet 1806–07,
Thomas Jones 1807–11,
Henry Grey Bennet 1811–12
Succeeded by
Henry Grey Bennet
and Sir Rowland Hill
Preceded by
Lord Bruce
and Edward Stopford
Member of Parliament for Marlborough
With: Edward Stopford
Succeeded by
Lord Brudenell
and Hon. John Wodehouse
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas Jackson
British Minister to Sardinia
Succeeded by
Augustus Foster
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Hill
Baron Berwick
Succeeded by
Richard Noel-Hill