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WAITHMAN , ROBERT ( 1764 - 1833 ), lord mayor of London ;

b. at Wrexham in 1764 , the son of John Waithman , of Warton, Lancs. , a joiner at the Bersham furnace , and of his wife, Mary ( Roberts ) . He served in a linen-draper's shop in London , and, about 1786 , opened a shop of his own, first in Fleet Market , and then at 103 and 104 Fleet Street . He m., on 14 July 1787 , his cousin, Mary Davis . He amassed a considerable fortune. Under the influence of the French Revolution he became a strong advocate of radical reform . He became Member of Parliament for the city of London in 1818 , and again won the seat in 1826 , holding it until his death. He was sheriff of London and Middlesex in 1820 , and lord mayor in 1823 . He d. on 6 Feb. 1833 , in Woburn Place , and was buried in the church of S. Bride's , Fleet Street .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen , 1852 ;
  • A. N. Palmer , The History of the Parish Church of Wrexham. Being the second part of "A History of the Town and Parish of Wrexham." , Wrexham and Oswestry, 1886 , 1886 ;
  • The Satirist, or Monthly Meteor , London, 1808-14 , 1809 and 1810 has numerous attacks on him.

Author:

Emeritus Professor David Williams, D.Litt., (1900-78), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959