WILDMAN, James (1747-1816), of Chilham Castle, Kent.
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Family and Education
b. 20 Mar. 1747, 6th s. of Edward Wildman of Scambler House, Melling, nr. Ormskirk, Lancs. by Elizabeth née Baggott; bro. of Thomas Wildman*. m. 1787, Joanna, da. of J. Harper of Jamaica, 3s. 5da.
Sheriff, Kent 1814-15.
Capt. E. Kent vol. inf. 1803, 1 E. Kent militia 1811.
Wildman became manager of the Jamaican estates of William Beckford*, a wealthy client of his brother Thomas’s, in 1782. In 1794 he purchased the Chilham Castle estate. In 1796 he succeeded his brother as Beckford’s nominee for Hindon in Parliament. As expected by Beckford, he voted against the abolition of the slave trade, 15 Mar. 1796. He supported Pitt’s ad