BURTON, William Henry (1739-1818), of Burton Hall, co. Carlow.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1801 - 1802

Family and Education

b. 16 July 1739, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Benjamin Burton, MP [I], of Burton Hall by Lady Anne Ponsonby, da. of Brabazon, 1st Earl of Bessborough [I]. educ. Kilkenny sch. 1746; Trinity, Dublin 1755. m. 12 Dec. 1765, Mary, da. of Henry Aston of East Aston, co. Wicklow, 2s. 1da. suc. fa. 1763.

Offices Held

MP [I] 1761-1800.

Capt. 13 Drag. 1766-70.

Trustee, linen board [I] 1792; commr. of treasury [I] Apr. 1806-7.

Gov. co. Carlow 1767.


Burton, a veteran Irish county Member connected with the Ponsonbys, acted with opposition in the years preceding the Union. He voted against the Union, but sold one of his two borough seats (for Carlow) to a supporter of the bill, Lord Charleville. He had not turned up at Westminster by 25 Mar. 1801 and made no mark there. In 1802 he was defeated. He died 7 Jan. 1818.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: Arthur Aspinall