YOUNG, William (1749-1815), of Delaford Park, Bucks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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19 June 1784 - 1806
1806 - Mar. 1807

Family and Education

b. Dec. 1749, 1st s. of Sir William Young, 1st Bt., lt. gov. of Dominica 1768-74, by his 2nd w. Elizabeth, da. of Brook Taylor of Bifrons, Kent.  educ. Eton 1758-67; Clare, Camb. 3 Feb. 1768; Univ. Coll. Oxf. 26 Nov. 1768, aged 18; L. Inn 1767; Grand Tour (France and Italy).  m. (1) 12 Aug. 1777, Sarah (d. 6 Jan. 1791), da. and coh. of Charles Lawrence, 4s. 2da.; (2) 22 Aug. 1793, Barbara, da. of Richard Talbot of Malahide Castle, co. Dublin, s.p.  suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 8 Apr. 1788.

Offices Held

Gov. Tobago 1807- d.


Young’s father owned land in Tobago, Antigua, and St. Vincent; and in 1782 Young went to Paris to negotiate with the French court on behalf of the proprietors of Tobago. He was a contemporary at Eton and Oxford of Richard Aldworth Neville, brother-in-law of George Grenville, 3rd Earl Temple; and probably was recommended by Temple to his father-in-law Robert Nugent for a seat at St. Mawes. Young was a firm supporter of Pitt, and voted with him on Richmond’s fortifications plan, 27 Feb. 1786, and the Regency. He was a frequent speaker in the House on a great variety of topics, and of conservative views (he opposed parliamentary reform, the regulation of the slave trade, the extension of representative government to the colonies, etc.). His special interest, apart from West India affairs, was the poor law; and in 1789 he introduced a bill, ‘part only of an extensive plan which he had in view’,1 to amend the law of settlement.

He died 10 Jan. 1815.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Stockdale, xvii. 234.