Augustus Peter Arkwright


Augustus Peter Arkwright

Augustus Peter Arkwright (6 March 1821 – 6 October 1887) was a Royal Navy officer and a Conservative politician who represented the constituency of North Derbyshire.

Arkwright was the seventh son of Peter Arkwright J.P. of Hock Houses near Matlock, and his wife Mary Anne Hurt, daughter of Charles Hurt. He was the grandson of Richard Arkwright Junior. Between 1829 and 1832, he was educated at Seaforth near Liverpool and in 1833 at the age of 12 went to Portsmouth Naval College. He left there in June 1835 and joined HMS Barham at the age of 14. He also served on HMS Curacoa and HMS Stag. He passed his examination to become Mate/Sub Lieutenant on 14 October 1840 and served as Mate on HMS Pantaloon on the Africa, Mediterranean, and Home stations and on the survey ship HMS Bonetta. He obtained his Lieutenant's commission on 6 February 1845 and served on HMS Trafalgar and HMS Caledonia. He became a Commander on 23 June 1859 and retired as Commander on 23 June 1869, becoming Captain on the Retired List on 23 June 1874. [ [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/A2A/records.aspx?cat=026-d5991&cid=-1&Gsm=2008-06-18 Derbyshire Record Office Family correspondence of the Arkwright family of Rock House and Willersley Castle, Cromford D5991] ] [ [http://www.pbenyon1.plus.com/Nbd/exec/A/Index.html RN Executive Officers 1790-1870] ]

Arkwright lived at Willersley Hall, Matlock and became a partner in Agra Bank Limited. [ [http://www.andrewspages.dial.pipex.com/matlock/gazette/19cen_1871.htm Matlock & Matlock Bath Names in the London Gazette Nineteenth Century Entries : 1871 - 1880] ] He was elected Member of Parliament for North Derbyshire in 1868, and held the seat until 1880.

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