Sir William Meredith, 3rd Baronet
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Sir William Meredith, 3rd Baronet

Sir William Meredith, 3rd Baronet (c. 1725 - 2 January 1790), was a British landowner who sat in the House of Commons from 1754 to 1780. A Rockingham Whig, he served as a Lord of the Admiralty from 1765 to 1766.

Depiction of Henbury Hall in 1707

Early life

Meredith was the son of Amos Meredith (1688-1745) of Chester and Johanna Cholmondely, daughter of Thomas Cholmondely of Vale Royal, Chester.[1] He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, on 24 March 1743, aged 18.[2] His father died in 1744, and in 1752, he inherited his baronetcy and estates on the death of his grandfather, Sir William Meredith, 2nd Baronet.[1]

Political career

At the 1754 general election, Meredith was returned unopposed as one of the two Members of Parliament for Wigan. By the time of the 1761 general election, the opposition at Wigan had consolidated against him and he stood instead for Liverpool, where he was returned after a contest. As one of the Rockingham Whigs, he served as a Lord of the Admiralty from 1765 to 1766. He was returned unopposed for Liverpool at the 1768 general election. In 1774, he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Comptroller of the Household, and at the subsequent 1774 general election was again returned unopposed.[3] Meredith was an extravagant man, and in 1779 was obliged to sell the family estate at Henbury, Cheshire, to John Bower Jodrell for £24,000.[4] He did not stand in 1780 because of ill-health. In 1784 he stood again at Liverpool but withdrew before the end of the poll.[3]

Later life and legacy

Meredith died unmarried in Lyons, France, on 2 January 1790. His only brother Theophilus had died in 1775 leaving a daughter, and so the baronetcy became extinct. Of his sisters,

The town of Meredith, New Hampshire, is named for him.

References

  1. ^ a b c John Burke, Bernard Burke (1844). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland. W. Clowes. p. 632. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888-1892). "Meredith, (Sir) William (Bart.)" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
  3. ^ a b "MEREDITH, Sir William, 3rd Bt. (?1725-90), of Henbury, Cheshire and Pierrepont, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ William Prideaux Courtney (1894). "Meredith, William" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 37. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  5. ^ Lewis Namier, John Brooke, "TRECOTHICK, Barlow" in The House of Commons 1754-1790, p. 557.

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