BETHELL, Slingsby (1695-1758), of Tower Hill, London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - 1 Nov. 1758

Family and Education

bap. 16 Mar. 1695, 3rd s. of William Bethell of Swindon, Yorks. and bro. of Hugh Bethell. unm. suc. bro. Hugh 1747.

Offices Held

Member of Fishmongers’ Co. 1749-d. , prime warden 1756-8; alderman of London 1749, sheriff 1751-2, ld. mayor 1755-6.


In early life Bethell went to Antigua where he purchased a large plantation.1 Sometime before 1730 he settled in London as a rich merchant, concerned in the African trade.2 Returned for the city as an opposition Whig in 1747, he supported a petition by freemen of London for a bill to suppress hawkers and pedlars. In 1750 he was associated with Admiral Vernon and Stephen Theodore Janssen in the foundation of the British Herring Fishery Company, of which he became president.3 He died 1 Nov. 1758.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Oliver, Antigua i. 42-43.
  • 2. Bd. Trade Jnl. 1728-34, pp. 447, 455, 465.
  • 3. Gent. Mag. 1750, p. 474.