WENMAN, Philip, 4th Visct. Wenman [I] (1742-1800), of Thame Park, Oxon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1768 - 1796

Family and Education

b. 18 Apr. 1742, 1st s. of Philip Wenman, 3rd Visct. Wenman [I], by Sophia, da. of James Herbert of Tythrop, Bucks. educ. Westminster 1752; Oriel, Oxf. 1760-2. m. 7 July 1766, Lady Eleanor Bertie, da. of Willoughby Bertie*, 3rd Earl of Abingdon, s.p. suc. fa. as 4th Visct. Wenman [I] 16 Aug. 1760.

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Viscount Wenman was returned unopposed for the county for the fifth time in 1790. In politics he followed his brother-in-law Lord Abingdon in supporting Pitt, though his gout probably prevented him from attending regularly and he apparently never spoke in Parliament. Listing him hostile to the repeal of the Test Act in 1791, Sir Gilbert Elliot added ‘never comes’. He retired for health reasons in 1796 and died at Bath, 26 Mar. 1800, whereupon the title became extinct, though William IV revived it for his former mistress, Wenman’s niece, whose father had succeeded to Thame Park in 1800 in the right of his wife, Wenman’s sister and heiress.

CJ, li. 103-4; NLS 11203, ff. 161-76; Gent. Mag. (1787), ii. 645; (1804), i. 391.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne