EGERTON (formerly TATTON), William (1749-1806), of Tatton Park, Cheshire

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1784 - 1790
15 Sept. 1792 - 1802
1802 - 21 Apr. 1806

Family and Education

b. 9 May 1749, o.s. of William Tatton of Wythenshawe, Cheshire by Hester, da. of John Egerton of Tatton Park, sis. and h. of Samuel Egerton.  educ. Manchester g.s. 1759; B.N.C. Oxf. 1767.  m. (1) 27 Feb. 1773, Frances Maria (d. 9 Jan. 1777), da. of Very Rev. John Fountayne, dean of York, 2s. 1da.; (2) 26 Oct. 1780, Mary (d. 13 Nov. 1784), da. of Richard Wilbraham Bootle, 3s. 1da., (3) 1 June 1787, Anna Maria (d. 4 Sept. 1799), da. of Sir George Armytage, 3rd Bt., 1s.; (4) 1 Nov. 1803, Charlotte Clara, da. of Thomas Watkinson Payler of Ileden, Kent, s.p.  suc. mother in Egerton estates 1780, and took name of Egerton.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Cheshire 1778-9.


In 1784 Egerton successfully contested Hindon on the Calthorpe interest. In William Adam’s list of May 1784 he was classed as ‘Administration’, and though his first recorded vote was against Pitt’s Irish proposals, 13 May 1785, he supported Pitt over the Regency, 1788-9. Two speeches by Egerton are reported before 1790, both on Lancashire affairs.1

He died 21 Apr. 1806, said to be worth ‘£20,000 a year and upwards.’2

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Stockdale, v. 216, 229, reports these speeches as by ‘Mr. Egerton’, which is more likely to have been William than John William, who was an army officer, and seems to have had no connexion with Lancashire.
  • 2. Gent. Mag. 1806, p. 391.