WHITMORE, Sir William, 2nd Bt. (1637-99), of Apley Park, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Mar. 1679
Oct. 1679
1698 - 30 Mar. 1699

Family and Education

b. 6 Apr. 1637, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Whitmore, 1st Bt., and bro. of Sir Thomas Whitmore. educ. M. Temple 1652. m. 24 Nov. 1658 (with £10,000), Mary, da. of Eliab Harvey, merchant, of Lawrence Pountney Hill, London, s.p. suc. fa. May 1653.1

Offices Held

J.p. Salop July 1660-87, ?1689-d., Som. 1675-80; dep. gov. Shrewsbury Castle July 1660; commr. for oyer and terminer, Oxford circuit July 1660, Wales 1661; dep. lt. Salop c. Aug. 1660-86, 1689-?d., commr. for assessment Sept. 1660-80, 1689-90, corporations 1662-3, recusants 1675; freeman, Ludlow 1690.2


Whitmore’s ancestors can be traced back to the 15th century in Shropshire, and acquired the Apley estate, three miles north of Bridgnorth, with a London-based fortune in Tudor times. Whitmore’s grandfather added the extensive Bridgnorth property, upon which the family’s parliamentary interest rested, first representing the borough in 1621. Whitmore’s father sat in the Short and Long Parliaments until disabled in 1644. He was taken prisoner in 1645, and, after succeeding to Apley in 1648, compounded for his delinquency at £5,000. Whitmore demonstrated his own Anglican sympathies by providing a home for Sir Leoline Jenkins during the Interregnum. His estate remained intact, and he continued the family tradition by a prudent match with the sister of Sir Eliab Harvey.3

At the general election of 1660, Whitmore was elected for Shropshire, although as a Cavalier’s son he was disqualified from standing under th