William Stratford Dugdale

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This article is about the nineteenth century Conservative member of parliament. For his great grandson, Sir William Stratford Dugdale, 2nd Baronet, see William Dugdale (Aston Villa chairman).

William Stratford Dugdale DL (1 April 1800 – 15 September 1871)[1] was a British Tory (and later Conservative Party) politician.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was the only son of Dugdale Stratford Dugdale of Merevale Hall, Warwickshire and his wife, the Hon. Charlotte Curzon, daughter of Assheton Curzon, 1st Viscount Curzon. His father was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Warwickshire.[2]

William was educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford.[2] He married Harriet Ella Portman in 1827, and the couple had 10 children.[3]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Dugdale entered the unreformed House of Commons at the 1830 general election as an MP for the borough of Shaftesbury in Dorset.[4] He did not contest that seat at the 1831 general election,[4] when he was returned unopposed for the rotten borough of Bramber in Sussex.[5]

Bramber was disenfranchised by the Reform Act 1832, and at the 1832 general election he was returned as a member for North Warwickshire.[6] He held that seat until he retired from Parliament at the 1847 election.[2]

Other interests[edit]

Dugdale was a Justice of the peace and Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Warwickshire, held a commission in the Warwickshire Yeomanry and was a trustee of Rugby School.[2]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Late Mr Stratford Dugdale M.P.". The Times. 22 September 1871. p. 10. 
  3. ^ Darryl Lundy (27 April 2010). "William Stratford Dugdale profile". thePeerage.com: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 92. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  5. ^ Stooks Smith, p. 551
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 474. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ralph Leycester
Edward Davies Davenport
Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury
With: Edward Penrhyn
Succeeded by
Edward Penrhyn
William Leader Maberly
Preceded by
Frederick Gough-Calthorpe
John Irving
Member of Parliament for Bramber
With: John Irving
Succeeded by
Edward Penrhyn
William Leader Maberly
New constituency Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire
With: Sir John Eardley-Wilmot (1832-1843)
Charles Newdigate Newdegate (1843-1847)
Succeeded by
Richard Spooner
Charles Newdigate Newdegate