ROSE, William Stewart (1775-1843), of Gundimore, nr. Mudeford, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1796 - May 1800

Family and Education

b. 1775, 2nd s. of George Rose* of Cuffnells, and bro. of George Henry Rose*. educ. Mr Richards’s sch., Winchester 1783; Eton 1791; St. John’s, Camb. 1794; L. Inn 1796. m. c.1817, Marcella, a Venetian lady, s.p.

Offices Held

Surveyor of green-wax monies 1797-1800; clerk of pleas, Exchequer 1797-1837; reading clerk and clerk of private committees, House of Lords 1800-24; bow bearer of New Forest 1818.

Capt. New Forest vols. 1797, maj. commdt. 1800, 1803; capt. S. Hants vols. 1803; maj. S. W. Hants militia 1808.


Rose was brought into Parliament by his father, joining him as Member for Christchurch. He gave a silent support to Pitt’s administration, voting for the loyalty loan bonus, 1 June 1797, and the triple assessment, 4 Jan. 1798. His father awarded him two places, one of which he exchanged for another in 1800 when he went out of the House on his appointment as reading clerk to the House of Lords. He took up his duties on 26 May 1800. His father urged him to write A Naval History of the late War, the first volume of which was published in 1802. It was never completed. A gentler man than his father, his real enthusiasm was for medieval romance and he was best known as a translator of poetry. He suffered from paralysis, and after 1814 spent several years in Italy, resigning his office in 1824 with a pension of £1,000 p.a. and devoting himself to a translation of Ariosto. He died in a state of imbecility, 30 Apr. 1843.

Horner mss 3, f. 11; 5, f. 321; 7, f. 116; DNB.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: Brian Murphy