William Bromley (died 1737)

William Bromley (1699?–1737), of Baginton, Warwickshire, was a British Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1725 and 1737.

Early lifeEdit

Bromley was second, but only surviving, son of William Bromley, Speaker of the House of Commons and his last wife Elizabeth Stawell, daughter of Ralph Stawell, 1st Baron Stawell.

He was educated at Westminster School in 1714, and matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 27 February 1717, at the age of 15.[1] From 1721 to 1724 he undertook as Grand Tour through Italy and France.[2]


Bromley entered Parliament unopposed as Member of Parliament for Fowey at a by-election on 15 March 1725 pending a general election. At the 1727 British general election he was returned unopposed as MP for Warwick. He was put forward by the party opposed to Robert Walpole to move the repeal of the Septennial Act on 13 March 1734. At the 1734 British general election he was re-elected for Warwick, but was unseated on petition. At a by-election on 2 February 1737, after the death of George Clarke, he was elected to represent Oxford University, which his father had represented for 30 years.[2]

He died suddenly five weeks later, on 12 March 1737.[2] His portrait is in the Bodleian Gallery.


Bromley married Lucy Throckmorton, daughter of Clement Throckmorton of Haseley, Warwickshire on 2 July 1724. They had two sons and a daughter,[2] including his heir William Throckmorton Bromley MP.


  1. ^ Foster, Joseph. "Braly-Bruer in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 pp. 171-200". British History Online. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "BROMLEY, William, jun. (?1701-37), of Baginton, Warws". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 11 April 2019.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Bromley, William (1699?-1737)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Fowey
With: Nicholas Vincent 1725-1727
The Viscount Fitzwilliam 1727
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Warwick
1727 – 1735
With: Sir William Keyt, Bt
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Oxford University
With: Viscount Cornbury
Succeeded by