William Barton (English cricketer)

William Barton (16 January 1777 – 7 January 1825) was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for a large number of sides during the period between 1795 and 1817.

William Barton
Personal information
Born(1793-08-19)19 August 1793
Finsbury, Middlesex
Died7 January 1825(1825-01-07) (aged 47)
Westminster, London
RelationsRobert Barton (nephew)
Domestic team information
1798–1805England XI
FC debut25 May 1795 Middlesex XI v MCC
Last FC13 August 1817 William Ward's XI v EH Budd's XI
Source: CricInfo, 20 June 2022

Barton was born at Finsbury in Middlesex in 1777. He is first known to have played cricket for a Middlesex side in 1793 before making his first-class debut in 1795, playing for Middlesex against an MCC side at Lord's Old Ground. He made a total of 37 appearances in first-class matches, including 13 for England sides.[a] He played first-class matches for sides representing Middlesex four times, Surrey three times and once each for Kent and Hampshire sides.[2] Barton is known to have scored 801 runs, with a highest score of 69, and taken at least seven wickets in his career.[b][4]

Barton died at Westminster in London in 1825.[2] His nephew Robert Barton played a single first-class match for a Middlesex side in 1850.[5]


  1. ^ During the time Barton played, England sides were not representative of the country. Instead, they were sides composed of players from a range of locations brought together to play against another side.[1]
  2. ^ At this time wickets taken by bowlers were normally only recorded if they were bowled. Other means of dismissal were not credited to any bowler.[3] As a result the number of wickets Barton took is uncertain, with the total of seven being a minimum. This also makes the calculation of an accurate bowling average impossible.


  1. ^ Birley D (1999) A Social History of English Cricket, p. 364. London: Aurum Press. ISBN 978 1 78131 1769
  2. ^ a b William Barton, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2018-04-10. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Carlaw D (2020) Kent County Cricketers A to Z. Part One: 1806–1914 (revised edition), p. 31. (Available online at The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians. Retrieved 2020-12-21.)
  4. ^ William Barton, CricInfo. Retrieved 2022-06-20.
  5. ^ Robert Barton, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2022-06-20. (subscription required)

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