William Wickham (1831–1897)

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Wickham in 1895.

William Wickham (1831 – May 16, 1897), MP, FLS, was a Member of Parliament for Petersfield, a High Sheriff of Hampshire, Chairman of the Petty sessional division, and served on the Board of guardians, being Guardian of West Worldham.[1]

Early years[edit]

He was bom in London in 1831, the eldest son of Henry Lewis Wickham (1789–1864), of Binsted Wyck, Receiver General of Gibraltar.[2] His mother was Lucy, youngest daughter of William Markham, of Becca Hall, Yorkshire. He was sixth in descent from Bishop William Wickham, Bishop of Winchester and Bishop of Lincoln. He was educated at Westminster School and New Inn Hall. He received a B.A. degree in 1854, and an M.A. degree in 1857 from Balliol College, Oxford.[1][3]


He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1857, and in 1888–89 was High Sheriff of Hampshire. In 1892, he entered Parliament in the Conservative interest as the representative for Petersfield, succeeding Viscount Wolmer; in 1895 he was returned unopposed. He sat the Alton Bench, and for nearly 20 years acted as Chairman of the Petty sessional division. He was a member of the Board of Guardians, first as an ex officio member, and later as Guardian for West Worldham. He served as the County Councillor for the Selborne division.[1] Wickham was a director of the Sun Fire and Life Assurance Company. He was the editor of the Correspondence (1870) of the Rt. Hon. William Wickham,[4] his grandfather and a spymaster.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Wickham owned a demesne at Binsted Wyck, near Alton. He was a Fellow of the Linnean Society. He married Sophia Emma in 1860; they had two daughters. He died in 1897 and was buried in the churchyard at Binsted with every demonstration of the affectionate regard and respect in which he was held by all who knew him.[1]


  • This article includes text incorporated from Linnean Society of London's "Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London" (1897), a publication now in the public domain.
  1. ^ a b c d Linnean Society of London (1897). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London. Published for the Linnean Society of London by Academic Press. pp. 73–. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  2. ^  "Wickham, William". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. p. 178. 
  3. ^ University of Oxford; Foster, Joseph (1888). Alumni Oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886 : their parentage, birthplace and year of birth, with a record of their degrees : being the Matriculation Register of the University (Public domain ed.). Joseph Foster. pp. 635–. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Dod, Charles Roger; Dod, Robert Phipps (1897). Dod's parliamentary companion (Public domain ed.). Dod's Parliamentary Companion, ltd. p. 572. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Wickham, William (1870). The correspondence of ... William Wickham from the year 1794. Ed., with notes, by W. Wickham (Public domain ed.). Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Viscount Wolmer
Member of Parliament for Petersfield
Succeeded by
William Graham Nicholson