William Unwin Heygate

William Unwin Heygate (1825 - 2 March 1902), was a British Conservative Member of Parliament and Leicestershire politician.


Heygate was born in 1825, the second son of Sir William Heygate, 1st Baronet (1782-1844), Member of Parliament and Lord Mayor of London. He was educated at Eton College and Merton College, Oxford, where he took classical honours, and was afterwards called to the bar.[1]

After unsuccessfully contesting Bridport in 1857, Heygate entered the Parliament for the Conservative Party from Leicester in 1861, but was defeated in the 1865 General election. He returned briefly as a member from Stamford in a by-election in1868 (the constituency was abolished later the same year), and was again elected for South Leicestershire in 1870, serving until he stepped down in 1880.[1]

Heygate was a prominent politician in Leicestershire. He was an Alderman of Leicestershire County Council, a Justice of the peace and a Deputy Lieutenant of the county. In business, he was Chairman of Pare′s Leicestershire Banking Company, a director of the Midland Railway, and of the Canada Company.[1]

Heygate died at the Hotel Burlington, in Dover, 2 March 1902.[1]


Heygate married, in 1852, Constance Mary Beaumont, daughter of Sir George Beaumont, eight Baronet.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Obituary - William Unwin Heygate". The Times (36706). London. 4 March 1902. p. 8.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Biggs and
Joseph William Noble
Member of Parliament for Leicester
With: John Biggs 1861–1862
Peter Alfred Taylor 1862–1865
Succeeded by
John Dove Harris and
Peter Alfred Taylor
Preceded by
Albert Pell and
Viscount Curzon
Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire
With: Albert Pell 1870–1880
Succeeded by
Albert Pell and
Thomas Paget
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