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William Rolleston : a New Zealand statesman



After the loss of the old home, the family moved to Watnall Hall, Nottinghamshire. This property had come into the family in the time of Henry VIII through marriage with the heiress of the Binghams. In due course it was inherited late in life by John Rolleston, the Rector of Aston, Derby, who died in 1770. His younger son, Robert, migrated to London, where he became a successful wine merchant. Finally, Robert's son, George Rolleston, the father of our William Rolleston, after being educated at Eton and Merton College, Oxford, became in 1815 Vicar of Stainton and Maltby, in Yorkshire, and of Stainton, in Lincolnshire.