GRIMSTON, Hon. William (1750-1814).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1784 - 1790
21 Jan. 1791 - 1796

Family and Education

b. 23 June 1750, 2nd s. of Hon. James Grimston, and bro. of James, 3rd Visct. Grimston.  educ. Eton 1763-8; Christ’s, Camb. 1768-70; L. Inn 1767. m. 7 Feb. 1783, Sophia, da. and coh. of Richard Hoare of Boreham, Essex, 1da.

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Grimston was brought in on the family interest at St. Albans, his brother, Lord Grimston, withdrawing in his favour on the morning of the election. In 1786 he voted against Richmond’s fortifications plan, but he usually followed his brother’s political line, acting as an independent supporter of Government, and he voted with Pitt on the Regency crisis. He did not stand in 1790, his brother requiring the seat for Lord Salisbury’s friend, John Calvert.1

He died 25 Apr. 1814.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Sir Lewis Namier


  • 1. Ld. Spencer to his mother, 11 June 1790, Spencer mss.