WHITMORE, William (1714-71), of Lower Slaughter, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1741 - 1747
1754 - 22 July 1771

Family and Education

b. 14 May 1714, 3rd s. of William Whitmore, M.P., of Lower Slaughter and Apley, Salop by Elizabeth, da of Roger Pope of Wolstaston, Salop; 1st cos. once removed of Thomas Whitmore.  unm.

Offices Held

Capt. 2 Ft. 1735; maj. 1743; capt. 3 Ft. Gds. and lt.-col. 1745; col. army 1751; col. 53 Ft. 1755- d.; maj.-gen. 1758; lt.-gen. 1760.

Warden of the mint Mar. 1766- d.


William Whitmore sat on the interest of his eldest brother, Sir Thomas Whitmore, M.P. for Bridgnorth 1734-54; all his elections were unopposed. Both were Old Whigs and of the ‘Shropshire gang’ under Lord Powis’s management and care. When in March 1761 Powis was turned out of the lord lieutenancy of Shropshire to make room for Lord Bath, Whitmore was one of the Shropshire country gentlemen who never quite accepted Bath.1 To Newcastle the Whitmores were an outstanding example of loyalty—he wrote to the Duke of Devonshire on 10 Jan. 1762: ‘Whitmores</