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William Selwyn
Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica

In office
January 1702 – 6th April 1702
Personal details
Born 1655
Died April 1702 (aged 46–47)
Spouse(s) Albinia Wray

Major General William Selwyn (1655 – 6 April 1702) was an officer in the British Army. He was the 5th and eldest surviving son of William Selwyn and Margaret, daughter of Edward Nourse of Gloucester. He held the position of Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica between January 1702 until his untimely death in April of that year. William attended Oriel College, Oxford, matriculating on 11 April 1674[1]

William inherited Matson House in Matson, Gloucester in 1679[2] on the death of his father.

He married Albinia, daughter of Richard Betensen and Albinia, daughter of Christopher Wray on 26 May 1681 at Westminster Abbey.

Although he was naturally a Whig, being from the Gloucester countryside, William was on duty at the execution[3] of William, Lord Russell, the leader of the Country Party.

William and Albinia had 4 sons and 3 daughters. William died on the 6th of April 1702 in Jamaica. His body was transported back to England and buried at Matson.

Military record[4][]

Political offices
Preceded by
Duncomb Colchester
Mayor of Gloucester[5]
Succeeded by
William Russel
Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Trye
Robert Payne
Member of Parliament for Gloucester[3]
With: Sir William Rich 1698–1701
John Bridgeman
Succeeded by
Viscount Dursley
John Hanbury
Military offices
Preceded by
Captain and Lieutenant Colonel in the Second Foot Guards
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hon. Sackville Tufton
Governor of Gravesend and Tilbury
Succeeded by
Hon. George Cholmondeley
Preceded by
Percy Kirke
Colonel of the Queen Dowager's Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Bellasis
Preceded by
Sir Henry Bellasis
Colonel of 22nd Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Thomas Handasyde
Preceded by
Sir William Beeston
Governor of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Peter Beckford


  1. Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 Record for William Selwyn
  2. N.M. Herbert (editor) (1988). "Matson". A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 4: The City of Gloucester. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "SELWYN, William (c.1658-1702), of Matson and Stonehouse, Glos., and Cleveland Court, St. James’s, Mdx.". 
  4. "Major General William Selwyn 1691-1701". Retrieved 10/Oct/2012. 
  5. Thomas Dudley Fosbroke (1819). "An original history of the city of Gloucester". J. Nichols and son. OCLC 4901963. 

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