ROBARTS, William Tierney (c.1786-1820), of Old Broad Street, London and 8 John Street, Berkeley Square, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press



26 Feb. 1818 - 9 Dec. 1820

Family and Education

b. c.1786, 4th s. of Abraham Robarts† (d. 1816) of North End, Hampstead, Mdx. and Sabine, da. of Thomas Tierney of Limerick; bro. of Abraham Wildey Robarts* and George James Robarts*. unm. d. 9 Dec. 1820.

Offices Held

Dir. Bank of England 1810-d.


Robarts was a prosperous London merchant and bank director, who had been given a total of £30,000 by his father.1 At the general election of 1820 he fought his third contested election at St. Albans in two years. The support of Earl Spencer’s family and, crucially, his wealth, again secured him the seat.2 A nephew of George Tierney, the Whig leader in the Commons, and a member of Brooks’s since 1817, he would have joined his brothers in the opposition ranks had he not been incapacit