William Fremantle (politician)

Sir William Henry Fremantle GCH PC (28 December 1766  19 October 1850) was a British courtier and politician. He served as Treasurer of the Household from 1826 to 1837.

Sir William Henry Fremantle

Treasurer of the Household
In office
27 May 1826  17 July 1837
MonarchGeorge IV
William IV
Prime MinisterThe Earl of Liverpool
George Canning
The Viscount Goderich
The Duke of Wellington
The Earl Grey
The Viscount Melbourne
Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Preceded byLord Charles Bentinck
Succeeded byEarl of Surrey
Personal details
Born28 December 1766
Died19 October 1850 (1850-10-20) (aged 83)
Spouse(s)Selina Mary Elwell
(d. 1841)


Fremantle was the son of John Fremantle, of Aston Abbots, Buckinghamshire, by his wife Frances Edwards, daughter of John Edwards, of Bristol. He was the brother of Sir Thomas Fremantle and the uncle of Thomas Fremantle, 1st Baron Cottesloe, and Sir Charles Fremantle.[1]

Political career

Fremantle began his parliamentary career by being elected MP for the Irish borough of Enniskillen at a by-election on 31 July 1806. He represented the seat until the dissolution of Parliament on 24 October 1806.[2][3] He served under Lord Grenville as Junior Secretary to the Treasury between 1806 and 1807. He stood for Saltash in November 1806, was initially defeated but returned on petition in February 1807. He stood for Saltash once again in May 1807 alongside his brother Thomas. This time there was a double return and in February 1808 Fremantle was declared not elected.[4] In May 1808 he was successfully returned for Tain Burghs, a seat he held until 1812,[5] and then represented Buckingham until 1827.[6] He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1822.[7] In 1826 he was appointed Treasurer of the Household, which he remained until 1837. He was also Ranger of Windsor Great Park.[1]

Personal life

Fremantle married Selina Mary Elwell, daughter of Sir John Elwell, 4th Baronet, and widow of Felton Lionel Hervey, in 1797. She died in November 1841. Fremantle died in October 1850, aged 83.[1] Following the death of his brother, Stephen, he acted as a proxy father to his nephew, John Fremantle who went on to fight in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo.[8]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John King
Member of Parliament for Enniskillen
JulyOctober 1806
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Sneyd
Preceded by
Matthew Russell
Arthur Champernowne
Member of Parliament for Saltash
February–May 1807
With: Richard Neville
Succeeded by
Matthew Russell
John Pedley
Preceded by
John Mackenzie
Member of Parliament for the Tain Burghs
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Innes, Bt
Preceded by
Richard Neville
Lord George Grenville
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
With: Viscount Ebrington 1812–1817
James Stanhope 1817–1818
Sir George Nugent, Bt 1818–1827
Succeeded by
Sir George Nugent, Bt
Sir Thomas Fremantle, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
John King
Junior Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
William Huskisson
Preceded by
Lord Charles Bentinck
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
Earl of Surrey

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