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John Eardley-Wilmot, FRS

Birthplace: Berkswell Hall, Warwickshire
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of John Eardley Wilmot, Sir and Sarah Rivett
Husband of Sarah Haslam
Ex-husband of Frances Sainthill
Father of Jemima Arabella Eardley-Wilmot; Fanny Eardley-Wilmot; Selina Elizabeth Eardley-Wilmot; Sir John Eardley Eardley-Wilmot, 1st Baronet, FRS and Sainthill Eardley-Wilmot
Brother of Elizabeth Wilmot and Maria Marowe Wilmot

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About John Eardley-Wilmot, FRS

John Eardley-Wilmot was baptised with the name of John Wilmot.1 On 1812 his name was legally changed to John Eardley-Wilmot by Royal Licence.

Born at Berkswell Hall, Warwickshire. Berkswell Hall is a 19th-century country house at Berkswell, formerly Warwickshire now West Midlands now converted into residential apartments. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1]

The Manor of Berkswell, in the gift of the Crown in the 16th century, was granted in 1556 to Thomas Marow of Hoxton, Middlesex, a descendant of William Marow, Lord Mayor of London, in 1457. The Marow family were in residence for six generations and built a new manor house in about 1670. On the death of Sir Samuel Marow Bt. in 1679, (see Marow baronets), Ursula Marow, the Berkswell heiress married Robert Wilmot of Osmaston . Their grandson John Eardley Wilmot carried out major alterations to the house about 1808 and following his death in 1815 the property was substantially rebuilt, in its present form, by Sir John Eardley-Wilmot Bt. (see Eardley-Wilmot baronets).

Between 1843 and 1860 the house was occupied by a school. It was restored as a residence by Thomas Walker in 1861 and sold to Joshua Hirst Wheatley in 1888. Wheatley and his son served as High Sheriff of Warwickshire in 1896 and 1934.

In 1984 the estate was sold for development and the house was converted into apartments. The stable block was also converted into houses. However the surrounding land is still privately owned by the Berkswell Estate and the Wheatley family.

John Eardley Wilmot (1748-23 June 1815), was a Member of Parliament.

He was younger son of the chief-justice, Sir John Eardley Wilmot and was born at Derby, in 1748, and received his education at Westminster and Oxford, where he obtained a fellowship of All Souls' College. He, at first, studied under Doctor (afterwards Bishop) William Warburton, for the church; but afterwards, imbibing a partiality for the law, he came to the bar; a step, which his father called, " quitting a bed of roses for a crown ot' thorns." In 1776, about five years after his call, he was returned to parliament for Tiverton, in Devonshire; and, taking part with the opposition, attacked the ministerial party in a pamphlet, denouncing the continuance of war. In 1781, he was appointed a master in Chancery; and, in 1782, was commissioned, in conjunction with others, to inquire into the distribution of the sums destined for the relief of the American loyalists. In the following year, he spoke on the subject in parliament; and, in reply to Mr. Charles James Fox's condemnation of the large sums expended on the American sufferers, declared " he would share with them his last shilling and his last loaf." In 1784, and the parliament which followed in 1790, he sat as member for Coventry, and supported the views of Mr. Pitt during every session. He was particularly hostile to the French revolution; and, by his exertions, obtained the distribution of a fund, under the sanction of parliament, in behalf of the emigrants from that country. In 1804, he retired altogether from public life; and, devoting himself to literary pursuits, published, shortly afterwards, a life of his father, and also of Bishop Hough. Previously to this, he had written A Treatise on the Laws and Customs of England; and, in the year of his death, which occurred in June, 1815, printed An Historical Review of the Commission relative to the American Loyalists. He was a man of the most upright and unimpeachable character, both public and private; and, in the former, was equally distinguished for his learning and eloquence. He was twice married : first, to the only daughter of S. Sainthell, Esq., by whom he had one son, Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, 1st Baronet, and four daughters, who survived him ; and, secondly, in 1793, to Miss Hastam, by whom he had two children, who died in their infancy.

Letter, 28 Feb 1811: Wilmot, John Eardley Eardley-, 1749-1815 (Tottenham, Greater London, England) to Noble, Mark (Reverend), 1754-1827

He hopes his little great work will be nearly ready by the summer, but he has a few genealogical points still to fix and may well have to trouble N. e.g. as to coat of arms of the family of Lanes. He reports his daughter Selina's marriage to the Rev. G. Bryan "for whom we have at last procured the curacy at Hatfield". He has been entertained by the reading of Cox's literary life of Bp. Stilling-fleet.

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John Eardley-Wilmot, FRS's Timeline

Berkswell Hall, Warwickshire
April 20, 1776
Age 26
St George, Hanover Square, London
Age 27
Age 30
Age 31
Wandsworth, London
February 21, 1783
Age 33
February 15, 1792
Age 42
June 1815
Age 65