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William Holmes, 1834 lithograph

William ("Billy") Holmes (2 April 1779 – 26 January 1851) was an Irish Tory and Conservative politician in the United Kingdom in the early nineteenth century. He was an MP for 28 years.

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London



He was born in County Sligo, the son of Thomas Holmes of Farmhill, a brewer, and his wife Anne Phibbs, daughter of Harlow Phibbs. He matriculated in 1795 at Trinity College, Dublin, but did not take a degree. Then an army officer, he was secretary to Sir Thomas Hislop, 1st Baronet with rank of captain in the West Indies, from 1803 to 1807. Retiring from the army in 1807, he married and entered Parliament in 1808, as Member for Grampound.[1]

Holmes served as party manager, and Chief Whip in the House of Commons from about 1818 until his seat (for the rotten borough of Haslemere) was abolished by the Great Reform Act of 1832. He had also previously represented several other constituencies; after the Reform Act he was out of the Commons for five years, but returned in 1837 as MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Holmes was also Treasurer of the Ordnance from 1818–31.

His wife was Helen Tew, Dowager Lady Stronge (1769–1852), widow of Sir James Stronge, 1st Baronet of Tynan Abbey, County Armagh, Ireland (1750–1804).

Holmes died in 1851 aged 71 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.[2]


  1. ^ Hourican, Bridget. "Holmes, William, Dictionary of Irish Biography - Cambridge University Press".
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Williams
John Teed
Member of Parliament for Grampound
With: Hon. George Cochrane 1808–1812
Hon. Andrew Cochrane-Johnstone 1812
Succeeded by
Hon. Andrew Cochrane-Johnstone
John Teed
Preceded by
William Gore-Langton
James O'Callaghan
Member of Parliament for Tregony
With: Alexander Grant
Succeeded by
Viscount Barnard
James O'Callaghan
Preceded by
Thomas Courtenay
Ayshford Wise
Member of Parliament for Totnes
With: Thomas Courtenay
Succeeded by
Thomas Courtenay
John Bent
Preceded by
Douglas Kinnaird
William Clive
Member of Parliament for Bishop's Castle
With: Edward Rogers
Succeeded by
Frederick Hamilton Cornewall
Edward Rogers
Preceded by
The Lord Downes
John Capel
Member of Parliament for Haslemere
With: Sir Philip Durham
Succeeded by
John Capel
Thomas Gladstone
Preceded by
Sir John Beckett
George Lowther Thompson
Member of Parliament for Haslemere
With: Sir John Beckett
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin
James Bradshaw
Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed
With: Richard Hodgson
Succeeded by
Richard Hodgson
Matthew Forster
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Alcock
Treasurer of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Thomas Creevey