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William Aislabie (3 December 1671 – 10 November 1725) was a British governor of the Bombay Presidency during the days of the East India Company.[1]


Aislabie was the fifth son of George Aislabie, of Studley Royal, and brother of John Aislabie.[2][3] He was deputy Governor from 1704, following the death of John Burniston.[4] He assumed the post of Governor in September 1708 and left office on 11 October 1715.[5] He served as Member of Parliament for Ripon from the end of 1719 to 1722.[1]

At the end of his life, his brother John Aislabie bought the Waverley Abbey estate from the Coldham family and set about building a house there for him. Unfortunately William died around the time the house was ready and the Waverley estate was sold.


Aislabie married a daughter of John Burniston.[1] Their son William married in 1728 Elizabeth Scattergood, daughter of the merchant John Scattergood. The army officer John Aislabie (born 1729) was their son.[2][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Aislabie, William (1671–1725), of Waverley, Surr., History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Walbran, John Richard (1876). Memorials of the Abbey of St. Mary of Fountains. Society. p. 337. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Aislabie, John (1670–1742), of Studley Royal, nr. Ripon, Yorks.and Red Lion Square, London, History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. ^ Cunha, Joseph Gerson Da (1900). The Origin of Bombay. Asian Educational Services. p. 331. ISBN 9788120608153. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  5. ^ Great Britain. India Office, The India list and India Office list, p. 126.[1]
  6. ^ 6 Eliz Pine. Thomas Whitley, quer., and Henry Kent, Richard Kent etc (PDF) at p.6
Government offices
Preceded by
Nicholas Waite
Governor of Bombay
1708 - 1715
Succeeded by
Stephen Strutt
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Aislabie
The Viscount Castlecomer
Member of Parliament for Ripon
With: John Aislabie
William Aislabie II
Succeeded by
William Aislabie II
John Scrope