William Atherton  1715 ... NK    
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Born
London Middlesex Speculative
Died
   Not known

Relationships:  
  Lucy Nxn 1715 ... 1796 
Children:
  Richard Atherton  1737 ... 1804
  Henry Atherton  1740 ... 1816
  John Atherton  1740 ... 1820  
  Lucy Atherton  1745 ... NK
  William Atherton  1750 ... 1803  
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William & Lucy Atherton : c1744
Arthur Devis: Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

The painting is a statement of the status of the Atherton family – leading members of the social and cultural society in the ‘Harrogate of Lancashire’, namely ‘Proud’ Preston. Unlike Harrogate it was a thriving port and its wealth largely came from trade and William Atherton was a successful and wealthy wool-draper.. This painting indicates such wealth and social graces. Mr & Mrs Atherton were leading figures in Preston Society, being an Alderman and Mayor. Here they are displaying their new house in the town and its modern and fashionable interior – thereby making a clear statement about their importance, influence, and aspirations.1

William was Mayor of Preston in 1732 and 1738.