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William Barrington, 2nd Viscount Barrington

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William Wildman Shute Barrington, 2nd Viscount Barrington (January 5, 1717 February 1, 1793), eldest son of the 1st Viscount Barrington. Succeeding to the title in 1734, he spent some time in travel, and in March 1740 was returned to parliament as member for Berwick-upon-Tweed. Having taken his seat in the Irish House of Lords in 1745, he was appointed one of the lords commissioners of the admiralty in 1746, and was one of the "managers" of the impeachment of Simon, Lord Lovat.

In 1754 he became member of parliament for Plymouth, in 1755 was made a privy councillor and secretary at war, and in 1761 was transferred to the office of chancellor of the exchequer. In 1762 he became treasurer of the navy, and in 1765 returned to his former position of secretary at war. He retained this office until December 1778, and during four months in 1782 was joint postmaster-general. He married in 1740 Mary, daughter of Mr Henry Lovell, but left no children.

William Wildman Shute Barrington died at Becket and was buried in Shrivenham church.


Preceded by:
Sir Thomas Robinson
Master of the Great Wardrobe
1754–1755
Succeeded by:
Sir Thomas Robinson
Preceded by:
Henry Fox
Secretary at War
1755–1761
Succeeded by:
Charles Townshend
Preceded by:
Henry Bilson Legge
Chancellor of the Exchequer
1761–1762
Succeeded by:
Sir Francis Dashwood
Preceded by:
George Grenville
Treasurer of the Navy
1762–1765
Succeeded by:
The Viscount Howe
Preceded by:
Welbore Ellis
Secretary at War
1765–1778
Succeeded by:
Charles Jenkinson
Preceded by:
Henry Frederick Carteret
Postmaster General
1782
(jointly with Henry Frederick Carteret)
Succeeded by:
The Earl of Tankerville
and Henry Frederick Carteret

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Preceded by:
John Shute Barrington
Viscount Barrington
Succeeded by:
William Wildman Barrington

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