Authorised form of nameYoung; Sir; William (1749 - 1815); colonial governor
Dates1749 - 1815
Place of birthCharlton, Kent, England
Date of birth01 December 1749
Place of deathGovernment House, Tobago
Date of death10 January 1815
OccupationPolitician; colonial agent; colonial governor; plantation and slave owner
Eton College (1758-1767); Lincoln's Inn (1767); Clare College, University of Cambridge (1768); University College, Oxford (1768); grand tour (1770-1774)
MP for St Mawes (1784-1806), for Buckingham (1806-1807); Agent, St Vincent (1795-1802); Captain, Buckinghamshire Yeoman Cavalry (1795), Mid Bucks (1803), Major (1804); Governor, Tobago (1807-death); owner of four sugar plantations in Antigua, St Vincent and Tobago which exploited enslaved people for labour and leading opponent of Wilberforce's campaign for the abolition of the Transatlantic slave trade; toured his West Indian estates (1791-1792) and published an account (1801); campaigned against workshouse and for reforms to draconian poor laws; advocated the purchase of the Hunterian museum
FSA; Africa Association
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election15/06/1786
Age at election36
RelationshipsGrandson of Brook Taylor (FRS 1711); son of Sir William Young (FRS 1747) 1st Baronet and his second wife Elizabeth nee Taylor
Married 1) Sarah Lawrence (1777) daughter of Charles Lawrence 2) Barbara Talbot daughter of Richard Talbot of Malahide Castle, Dublin
Published works'Considerations on Poorhouses and Workhouses: their Pernicious Tendency'' (1796); 'A tour through the several islands of Barbadoes, St Vincent, Tobago, and Grenada, in the years 1791 and 1792' (1801)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; UCL LBS; HP; GM
Sir William Young 2nd Bart.', Legacies of British Slavery database, [accessed 23rd July 2020]
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA2737
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1786/16Young, Sir William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MS/82Correspondence of Dr Brook Taylor, Secretary of the Royal Society1712-1717
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