GWILLYM, Robert Vernon Atherton (?1741-83), of Atherton Hall, nr. Manchester

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1774 - 1780

Family and Education

b. ?1741, 2nd s. of Robert Gwillym of Langstone, Herefs. by Elizabeth, da. and h. of Richard Atherton of Atherton Hall. m. Jan. 1763, Henrietta Maria, da. and coh. of Peter Legh of Lyme Hall, 2s. 4da. suc. bro. 1771; took name of Atherton 1779.1

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Gwillym was returned for Newton on his father-in-law’s interest. He suffered from bad health and seldom attended the House: his one recorded vote, 22 Feb. 1775, was for Wilkes’s Middlesex resolution, and he is not known ever to have spoken. In 1780 Robinson classed him as ‘contra’. He did not stand at the general election.

He died in France 9 July 1783.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Ormerod, Cheshire, iii(2), 678.