ROUSE BOUGHTON, William Edward (1788-1856), of Rouse Lench, Worcs. and Downton, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1818 - 23 Feb. 1819
1820 - 1826

Family and Education

b. 14 Sept. 1788, 1st s. of Sir Charles William Rouse Boughton (formerly Boughton Rouse), 9th Bt.* educ. ?Westminster 1803-5; Christ Church, Oxf. 1806-8; European tour until 1813.1 m. 24 Mar. 1824, Charlotte, da. and coh. of Thomas Andrew Knight of Wormsley Grange, Herefs., 3s. 5da. suc. fa. as 10th Bt. 28 Feb. 1821.

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Rouse Boughton’s father had been Member for Evesham 1780-90 and he was invited to stand there in 1818. He succeeded in a contest, only to be ousted on petition by Sir Charles Cockerell*. His politics were in dispute. Opposition claimed him as a gain for them, but the Treasury noted that he ‘made a speech from the hustings favourable to government’. In his address of thanks he described himself as ‘unbiased by any political party or connexion’.2 It was only when he regained his seat in 1820 that his opposition leanings became apparent. He died 22 May 1856.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: M. J. Williams


  • 1. Castlereagh Corresp. ix. 11.
  • 2. Add. 40279, f. 62; The Late Elections (1818), 116.