William Brereton, 3rd Baron Brereton of Leighlin (1631 - 1680) MP

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About William Brereton, 3rd Baron Brereton of Leighlin

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William Brereton, 3rd Baron Brereton FRS (4 May 1631-17 March 1680) was an English mathematician and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1659 and became Baron Brereton in the Irish peerage in 1664.

Brereton was the eldest son of William Brereton, 2nd Baron Brereton of Brereton Hall Chester and his wife Lady Elizabeth Goring, daughter of George Goring, 1st Earl of Norwich and Mary Neville. He studied mathematics, spending some time being tutored by John Pell.

In 1659, Brereton was elected Member of Parliament for Newton in the Third Protectorate Parliament and for Bossiney in 1660.

Brereton became an original Fellow of the Royal Society on 22 April 1663. He inherited the Irish peerage Baron Brereton on the death of his father in 1664. In 1668 he gave the rectory of Tilston, near Malpas to mathematician Thomas Branker.

Brereton was succeeded by his sons John and Francis on whose death in 1722 the title became extinct.