Bateman, William, 1st Viscount Bateman -1744)
William Bateman, of Shobden in Herefordshire, was the eldest son of Sir James Bateman, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1717, and Esther daughter and coheir of John Searle of Finchley. On completing his education at Peterhouse, were he went 26 April 1712 as a Fellow Commoner, he was admitted at the Inner Temple on 19 December the same year. He succeeded his father in 1718, was elected Member of Parliament for Leominster in 1722 and 1727 1734, created, 12 July 1725, Baron Culmore and Viscount Bateman in the peerage of Ireland, and made a Knight of the Bath, 12 January 1732, and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. He married, in 1720, Anne Spencer, daughter of Charles, 3rd Earl of Sunderland. Their only son, John, succeeded his father in 1744, but left no children, and the descendants of the first Viscount's sister inherited his estates, William Hanbury being created Baron Bateman of the second creation in 1837. Part of the library of William Bateman Hanbury, 2nd Baron Bateman was sold at auction by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge in a mixed sale on 31 July 1896.