Gimson: Duke of Wellington

In 1815 he conquered against Napoleon and his troops at the battle of Waterloo. He subsequently entered politics. He was overlooked by George V in favour of first Canning then Goderich. But in 1928 after George V let Goderich go, Wellington was asked to be prime minster.

Wellington addressed the issue of Catholic emancipation by in 1829 introducing Catholic Relief bill which allowed catholics to hold high offices including MP. Wellington resigned the following year. He returned briefly in 1834 as a kind of caretaker interim prime minister before Robert Peel could take the position.

  • Wellington died in 1852 and given a very grand funeral. His band has lived on as the Wellington boot, Wellington in New Zeland, the tree Wellingtonia and beef Wellington and more were all named after him.