WRIGHTSON, William (c.1676-1760), of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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20 Feb. 1723 - 15 Apr. 1724

Family and Education

b. c.1676, 2nd s. of Robert Wrightson of Cusworth, Yorks. by Sarah, da. of Sir Thomas Beaumont of Whitley Beaumont, Yorks. m. (1) Isabel (d. 13 Mar. 1716), da. and h. of Francis Beaumont, merchant, of Newcastle, wid. of Thomas Matthews of Newcastle, s.p.; (2) 1722, Isabella, da. and coh. of William Fenwick of Bywell, Northumb. and sis of Margaret, w. of John Fenwick, 1da. suc. bro. at Cusworth 1724.

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Marrying into a wealthy Newcastle merchant family, Wrightson settled in the town.1 Returned for Newcastle as a Tory in 1710, he voted against the Administration in every recorded division after George I’s accession. His name was sent to the Pretender in 1721 as a supporter in the event of a rising to restore the Stuarts.2 Defeated for Newcastle in 1722, he was returned in 1723 for the county, where his second wife had considerable estates. Unseated on petition in 1724, he did not stand again, dying 4 Dec. 1760, aged 84.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. R. Welford, Men of Mark ’twixt Tyne and Tweed , iii. 687.
  • 2. Stuart mss 65/16.