SOTHERON, William (?1755-1806), of Darrington, nr. Pontefract, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1784 - 1796

Family and Education

b. ?1755, 1st s. of William Sotheron of Darrington by Sarah, da. and h. of Samuel Savile of Darrington; bro. of Frank Frank* (formerly and afterwards Sotheron). m. 19 Dec. 1793, Sarah Shepley, da. and coh. of Edmund Barker of Potters Newton, s.p. suc. fa. 1789.

Offices Held

Cornet, R. Horse Gds. 1770, lt. 1773; capt. 62 Ft. 1776; maj. (half-pay) 1789; lt. col. 3 W. Yorks militia 1797, Pontefract vols. 1803.


Sotheron sat for Pontefract in two Parliaments on the householder interest. He voted with Pitt on the Regency, 1788-9, and presumably continued to do so, though no votes or speeches of his are known after 1790. He was listed ‘doubtful’ on the question of repeal of the Test Act in Scotland in 1791. He did not stand for re-election in 1796. He died 31 Jan. 1806, aged 51.

Gent. Mag. (1806), i. 187.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: Winifred Stokes