Sir William Clay, 1st Baronet

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Sir William Clay, 1st Baronet (15 August 1791 – 13 March 1869)[1] was an English Liberal Party politician and considered as a reformist a Radical.

Clay was the son of George Clay, a prominent London merchant and shipowner.[2]

He was elected at the 1832 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Tower Hamlets,[3] and held the seat for 25 years until his defeat at the 1857 general election.[3] He served under Lord Melbourne as Joint Secretary to the Board of Control from 1839 to 1841.[citation needed] On 30 September 1841 he was made a baronet, of Fulwell Lodge in the County of Middlesex.[4]

Clay married Harriet, daughter of Thomas Dickason, of Fulwell Lodge, Twickenham,[5] Middlesex, in 1822. They had several children and lived also at 35 Cadogan Place, Chelsea, Middlesex. Lady Clay died in December 1867. Clay survived her and died in March 1869, aged 77. His probate was sworn in the c.£20,000-broad bracket of under GB£120,000 (equivalent to about £9,900,000 in 2015).[6] He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son, William.[citation needed]


Sir William Clay, 2nd Baronet's wife Lady Mariana Emily (née Shuster) later Clay and Haliburton by W. & D. Downey

Sir William Clay, 2nd Baronet married Mariana Emily, daughter of Leo Schuster in 1855. They had no children. He died on 3 November 1877. His widow married Arthur Haliburton, 1st Baron Haliburton.[7]


  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 18. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Leigh Rayment's list of baronets – Baronetcies beginning with "C" (part 3) [self-published source][better source needed]
  5. National Library of Scotland interactive explorer of historic UK maps
  6. Calendar of Probates and Administrations
  7. Morgan, Henry James, ed. (1903). Types of Canadian Women and of Women who are or have been Connected with Canada. Toronto: Williams Briggs. p. 142.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Tower Hamlets
With: Stephen Lushington 1832–41
Charles Richard Fox 1841–47
George Thompson 1847–52
Charles Salisbury Butler 1852–68
Succeeded by
Charles Salisbury Butler
Acton Smee Ayrton
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Vernon Smith
Lord Seymour
Joint Secretary to the Board of Control
with Lord Seymour 1839–1841
Charles Buller 1841
Succeeded by
James Emerson Tennent
Hon. Bingham Baring
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Fulwell Lodge)
Succeeded by
William Dickason Clay