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William Ewart Gladstone FRS FSS (1809 - 1898)

Rt Hon William Ewart Gladstone FRS FSS
Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdommap
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Husband of — married 25 Jul 1839 in Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales, United Kingdommap
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Died in Flintshire, Wales, United Kingdommap
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WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE, the son of Sir John Gladstone and Ann Robertson, was born on the 29th of December 1809 at Rodney Street in Liverpool, Lancashire, England and was baptised there on the 7th of Feb 1810 at St Peter's Church. [1]. William was educated at Eton and Christ Church College, Oxford. [2] He first entered Parliament in 1832 as Tory member for Newark. [3]

William Gladstone married Catherine Glynne at Hawarden in Flintshire, in a 'double' wedding ceremony with her sister Mary, on the 25th of July 1839,[4] [5] [6] and they were blessed with eight children.

Gladstone, who was a Liberal, served as British Prime Minister on 4 separate occasions:

  • 1868 to 1874
  • 1880 to 1885
  • 1886 to 1886
  • 1892 to 1894

Queen Victoria described him as a “half-mad firebrand” while to a large part of the British working classes he was the "Grand Old Man". He declined an earldom in 1885.

The Right Honourable William Ewart Gladstone passed away on the 19th of May 1898, at Hawarden Castle in Harwarden, Flintshire, Wales, aged 88, from cancer, which started behind the cheekbone and spread across his body. [7] and was buried in Westminster Abbey. Probate on his Will was granted to his three sons on 2 September 1839 [8]


  1. Citing this Record "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J9MH-SBW : 11 February 2018, William Ewart Gladstone, 29 Dec 1809); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 0093872, 0093873, PLUS.
  2. Joseph Foster. Oxford Men and Their Colleges, 1880-1892, 2 Volumes. Oxford, England: James Parker and Co, 1893.
  3. https://www.britannica.com/biography/William-Ewart-Gladstone
  4. Citing this Record "Wales, Flintshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCRD-5NL : 11 February 2018), William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine Glynne, 25 Jul 1839, Marriage; from "Parish Records Collection 1538-2005," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  5. Linen Hall Library; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Periodicals & Newspapers, Irish & Reference
  6. England & Wales Marriage Registrations: Sep 1839, Gladstone, William Ewart District: Gt. Boughton Vol 19 Page 61. Accessed at FreeBMD (http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl)
  7. FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
  8. Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

See Also:

  • Find A Grave, database and images  : accessed 12 February 2020), memorial page for William Ewart Gladstone (29 Dec 1809–19 May 1898), Find A Grave: Memorial #8706, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
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Hi Michael, the England Project would like to co-manage this profile with you due to Gladstone's historical significance. See Project-Managed Profiles Helpfor more information. I am adding the England project box today and will send you a trusted list request to add me to the trusted list for the profile. Please contact me if you would like to discuss. Regards, Gillian, Leader, England Project.
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William is 23 degrees from Mary McCauley, 25 degrees from B. W. J. Molier and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.