William Thomas Beckford

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William Thomas Beckford

Death: Died
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Son of William Beckford and Maria Hamilton
Husband of Lady Margaret Gordon
Father of Susan Euphemia Beckford
Half brother of Rose Beckford; Thomas Beckford; Susanna Beckford and Barbara Bathsua Beckford

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About William Thomas Beckford

William Thomas Beckford (1 October 1760 – 2 May 1844), usually known as William Beckford, was an English novelist, a profligate and consummately knowledgeable art collector and patron of works of decorative art, a critic, travel writer and sometime politician, reputed to be the richest commoner in England. He was Member of Parliament for Wells from 1784 to 1790,[1] for Hindon from 1790 to 1795 and 1806 to 1820.[2] He is remembered as the author of the Gothic novel Vathek, the builder of the remarkable lost Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower ("Beckford's Tower"), Bath, and especially for his art collection.


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William Thomas Beckford's Timeline

October 1, 1760
May 14, 1786
Age 25
May 2, 1844
Age 83