WILLIAMS, Robert III (1767-1847), of Bridehead, nr. Dorchester, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1802 - 1807
17 Mar. 1808 - 10 May 1808
4 Feb. 1809 - 1812
1812 - 1834

Family and Education

b. 11 Feb. 1767, 1st s. of Robert Williams II* of Bridehead, and bro. of William Williams*. m. 28 Aug. 1794, Frances, da. of John Turner of Putney, Surr., 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 1814.

Offices Held

Alderman, London 1796-1801, sheriff 1797-8; prime warden, Goldsmiths’ Co. 1810-11; dir. Hope Assurance Co. 1820, chairman 1826-41.

Capt. Cornhill vols. 1797, maj. commdt. 1798, lt.-col. commdt. 1799; vol. London and Westminster light horse 1803-7.


Williams, a partner in his father’s bank in Birchin Lane, became an alderman of London, representing Cornhill ward, before he was thirty.1 He entered Parliament in 1802 as Lord Clarendon’s guest. He was generally well disposed to government, but inconspicuous in the House. Listed a friend of Pitt in September 1804, he raised doubts about it in 1805 by voting for the criminal prosecution of Melville, 12 June, and refusing to rescind that vote, 25 June. He voted against the Grenville ministry at the outset, 3 Mar. 1806, and again, 13 Feb. 1807, on the Hampshire election.

Williams had to find another seat in 1807. Sir Christopher Hawkins offered him one for Grampound for £4,000, but the poll went against him. The election was voided and Williams came in after another contest, only to be unseated on petition seven weeks later. He became a member of the Pitt Club. In January 1809 he was defeated by a Whig in a by-election at St. Albans, but soon afterwards came in for an Irish seat placed at Treasury disposal by Lord Desart. He stood by Perceval’s ministry on the Scheldt question, 23, 26 Jan., 5, 30 Mar. 1810, and was listed ‘against the Opposition’ by the Whigs. He may have spoken on 15 June 1809 against Bur