William Carus Wilson

WILSON, William Carus. b. Heversham, Westmorland, 7 July 1791; d. London, 30 December 1859. Born William Carus, he had the name Wilson from his father, William Carus (1764-1851), who took it when he inherited Casterton Hall and its estates from an aunt in 1793. The father was Member of Parliament for Cockermouth (1821-26). William Carus Wilson, the son, was educated privately and at Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1815, MA 1818). After initially being rejected for ordination on account of his extreme Calvinism, he was accepted by the Archbishop of York in 1816, becoming rector of Tunstall, near Casterton. He was chaplain to Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1818), rector of Whittington,...

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