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Thomas William Booker-Blakemore

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Thomas William Booker-Blakemore (1801-1858)

Birth of son Thomas William Booker

1859 Obituary [1]

MR. THOMAS WILLIAM BOOKER-BLAKEMORE, M.P., the son of the Reverend Luke Booker, LL.D., vicar of Dudley, was born at that place in the year 1801.

At an early age he was adopted by his maternal uncle, the late Mr. Richard Blakemore, M.P., whose surname he assumed by royal licence in 1855. He was brought up at the extensive tin-plate works of his uncle, and resided with him at Velindra for many years, taking an active and useful part in the affairs of the county of Glamorgan.

In 1848, he served the office of High Sheriff, and he eventually succeeded the late Mr. Joseph Bailey in the representation, in Parliament, of the county of Hereford.

He was Chairman of the Monmouthshire Canal and Railway Company, and of the Cardiff Steam Navigation Company ; was a large employer of working men at his works of Pentyrch and Melin Griffith, among whom he found an ample field for the exercise of his benevolent disposition.

He was a Conservative in politics, an active magistrate, a very useful country gentleman, and his decease, which occurred suddenly, at Kingston-upon-Thames, on the 7th of November 1858, occasioned a great gloom in his own county, where he was much beloved. He was attached to scientific pursuits, particularly in connection with mineralogy, and he published two interesting and able tracts, “ The Prize Treatise on the Mineral Bann of Glamorgan and adjoining Districts,” 1834; and “A Speech delivered at the Meeting of the British Association, held at Swansea, 1848.” He joined the Institution of Civil Engineers as an Associate in the year 1850 ; and whenever his duties permitted, he was a frequent attendant at the Meetings.

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