BARONETAGE
Last updated 03/07/2014
Names of baronets shown in blue
have not yet proved succession and, as a
result, their name has not yet been placed on
the Official Roll of the Baronetage.
Date Type Order Name Born Died Age
Dates in italics in the "Born" column indicate that the baronet was
baptised on that date; dates in italics in the "Died" column indicate
that the baronet was buried on that date
WERDEN of Cholmeaton,Cheshire
28 Nov 1672 E 1 John Werden 25 Mar 1640 29 Oct 1716 76
MP for Reigate 1673-1679 and 1685-1689
29 Nov 1716 2 John Werden 28 Apr 1683 13 Feb 1758 74
to Extinct on his death
13 Feb 1758
WERNHER of Luton Hoo,Beds
2 Aug 1905 UK 1 Julius Charles Wernher 9 Apr 1850 21 May 1912 62
21 May 1912 2 Derrick Julius Wernher 7 Jun 1889 6 Mar 1948 58
for further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
6 Mar 1948 3 Harold Augustus Wernher 16 Jan 1893 30 Jun 1973 80
to Extinct on his death
30 Jun 1973
WESTCOMBE of Cadiz,Spain
23 Mar 1700 E 1 Martin Westcombe by 1736
by 1736 2 Anthony Westcombe c 1708 6 Dec 1752
to Extinct on his death
6 Dec 1752
WESTERN of Rivenhall,Essex
20 Aug 1864 UK 1 Thomas Burch Western 22 Aug 1795 30 May 1873 77
MP for Essex North 1865-1868. Lord
Lieutenant Essex 1869-1873
30 May 1873 2 Thomas Sutton Western 7 Oct 1821 20 Jun 1877 55
MP for Maldon 1857-1865
20 Jun 1877 3 Thomas Charles Callis Western 29 Aug 1850 1 Feb 1917 66
to Extinct on his death
1 Feb 1917
WESTON of Kendal,Westmorland
31 Jul 1926 UK 1 John Wakefield Weston 13 Jun 1852 19 Sep 1926 74
to MP for Kendal 1913-1918 and
19 Sep 1926 Westmorland 1918-1924
Extinct on his death
WHALLEY-SMYTHE-GARDINER
of Roche Court,Hants
14 Jan 1783 GB 1 John Whalley-Gardiner 26 May 1743 18 Nov 1797 54
MP for Westbury 1780-1784
18 Nov 1797 2 James Whalley-Smythe-Gardiner 1 Oct 1748 21 Aug 1805 56
21 Aug 1805 3 James Whalley-Smythe-Gardiner 2 Sep 1785 22 Oct 1851 66
22 Oct 1851 4 John Brocas Whalley-Smythe-Gardiner 16 Mar 1814 6 Oct 1868 54
to Extinct on his death
6 Oct 1868
WHARTON of Kirby Kendall,Westmorland
19 Dec 1677 E 1 George Wharton 4 Apr 1617 12 Aug 1681 64
12 Aug 1681 2 Polycarpus Wharton c 1652 by 1741
to Extinct on his death
by 1741
WHEATE of Glympton,Oxon
2 May 1696 E 1 Thomas Wheate 6 Sep 1667 25 Aug 1721 53
MP for Woodstock 1690-1695 and 1708-1721
25 Aug 1721 2 Thomas Wheate 2 Mar 1693 1 May 1746
MP for Woodstock 1722-1727
1 May 1746 3 George Wheate c 1700 5 Jun 1751
5 Jun 1751 4 George Wheate 26 Jan 1760
26 Jan 1760 5 Jacob Wheate Feb 1783
Feb 1783 6 John Thomas Wheate 17 Oct 1749 14 Jul 1816 66
to Extinct on his death
14 Jul 1816
WHEELER of Woodhouse Eaves,Leics
7 Feb 1920 UK 1 Arthur Wheeler 18 Sep 1860 20 May 1943 82
20 May 1943 2 Arthur Frederick Pullman Wheeler 10 Dec 1900 16 Dec 1964 64
16 Dec 1964 3 John Hieron Wheeler 22 Jul 1905 21 Apr 2005 99
21 Apr 2005 4 John Frederick Wheeler 3 May 1933
WHEELER-CUFFE of Leyrath,Kilkenny
30 Dec 1800 I 1 Jonah Wheeler-Denny-Cuffe (later Denny-
Wheeler-Cuffe) c 1769 9 May 1853
9 May 1853 2 Charles Frederick Denny Wheeler-Cuffe 1 Sep 1832 15 Jan 1915 82
15 Jan 1915 3 Otway Fortescue Luke Wheeler-Cuffe 9 Dec 1866 8 Feb 1934 67
to Extinct on his death
8 Feb 1934
WHELER of Westminster,Middlesex
11 Aug 1660 E 1 William Wheler c 1601 6 Aug 1666
MP for Westbury 1640-1648 and 1659, and
Queenborough 1660
6 Aug 1666 2 Charles Wheler c 1620 26 Aug 1683
MP for Cambridge University 1667-Jan 1679
26 Aug 1683 3 William Wheler 1654 23 Feb 1709 54
23 Feb 1709 4 Trevor Wheler 25 Nov 1697 17 Oct 1718 20
Oct 1718 5 William Wheler c 1704 4 Jun 1763
Jun 1763 6 William Wheler 16 Jul 1726 16 Apr 1799 72
Apr 1799 7 Charles Wheler 22 Dec 1730 12 Jul 1821 90
12 Jul 1821 8 Trevor Wheler 23 Jun 1763 4 Feb 1830 66
4 Feb 1830 9 Trevor Wheler 20 Dec 1792 6 Sep 1869 76
6 Sep 1869 10 Francis Wheler 9 Nov 1801 4 Apr 1878 76
4 Apr 1878 11 Trevor Wheler 12 Mar 1828 10 Jan 1900 71
10 Jan 1900 12 Edward Wheler 5 Dec 1857 11 Aug 1903 45
11 Aug 1903 13 Trevor Wood Wheler 20 Sep 1889 14 Jan 1986 96
14 Jan 1986 14 Edward Woodford Wheler 13 Jun 1920 22 Jun 2008 88
22 Jun 2008 15 Trevor Woodford Wheler 11 Apr 1946
WHELER of Otterden,Kent
29 Jun 1925 UK 1 Granville Charles Hastings Wheler 2 Oct 1872 14 Dec 1927 55
to MP for Faversham 1910-1927
14 Dec 1927 Extinct on his death
WHICHCOTE of Inner Temple,London
2 Apr 1660 E 1 Jeremy Whichcote c 1614 22 Jun 1677
22 Jun 1677 2 Paul Whichcote 5 Mar 1643 Dec 1721 78
Dec 1721 3 Francis Whichcote c 1692 27 Oct 1775
MP for Cambridgeshire 1718-1722
27 Oct 1775 4 Christopher Whichcote 15 Mar 1738 9 Mar 1786 57
9 Mar 1786 5 Thomas Whichcote 5 Mar 1763 4 Oct 1828 65
4 Oct 1828 6 Thomas Whichcote 10 Aug 1787 23 Aug 1829 42
23 Aug 1829 7 Thomas Whichcote 23 May 1813 17 Jan 1892 78
17 Jan 1892 8 George Whichcote 31 May 1817 14 Apr 1893 75
14 Apr 1893 9 George Whichcote 3 Sep 1870 5 Dec 1946 76
5 Dec 1946 10 Hugh Christopher Whichcote 18 Apr 1874 7 May 1949 75
to Extinct on his death
7 May 1949
WHITAKER of Babworth,Notts
15 Jul 1936 UK 1 Albert Edward Whitaker 9 May 1860 11 Jun 1945 85
11 Jun 1945 2 John Albert Charles Whitaker 5 Mar 1897 5 Oct 1957 60
5 Oct 1957 3 James Herbert Ingham Whitaker 27 Jul 1925 13 Jan 1999 73
13 Jan 1999 4 John James Ingham Whitaker 23 Oct 1952
WHITE of Blagdon,Northumberland
6 May 1756 GB See "Ridley"
WHITE of Tuxford,Notts and
Wallingwells,Yorks
20 Dec 1802 UK 1 Thomas Woollaston White 20 Jan 1767 28 Oct 1817 50
28 Oct 1817 2 Thomas Woollaston White 3 Oct 1801 7 Aug 1882 80
7 Aug 1882 3 Thomas Woollaston White 7 Feb 1828 20 May 1907 79
20 May 1907 4 Archibald Woollaston White 14 Oct 1877 16 Dec 1945 68
16 Dec 1945 5 Thomas Astley Woollaston White 13 May 1904 20 May 1996 92
20 May 1996 6 Nicholas Peter Archibald White 2 Mar 1939
WHITE of Cotham House,Bristol,Gloucs
26 Aug 1904 UK 1 George White 28 Mar 1854 22 Nov 1916 62
22 Nov 1916 2 George Stanley White 31 Jul 1882 18 Jan 1964 81
18 Jan 1964 3 George Stanley Midelton White 11 Apr 1913 31 Mar 1983 69
31 Mar 1983 4 George Stanley James White 4 Nov 1948
WHITE of Salle Park,Norfolk
29 Jun 1922 UK 1 Woolmer Rudolph Donati White 21 Aug 1858 6 Dec 1931 73
6 Dec 1931 2 Rudolph Dymoke White 11 Jun 1888 25 May 1968 79
MP for Fareham 1939-1950
25 May 1968 3 Headley Dymoke White 15 Apr 1914 25 Feb 1971 56
25 Feb 1971 4 John Woolmer White 4 Feb 1947
WHITE of High Mark,Wigtown
28 Jul 1926 UK See "Dalrymple-White"
WHITE of Boulge Hall,Suffolk
14 Jun 1937 UK 1 Robert Eaton White 6 Nov 1864 5 Aug 1940 75
5 Aug 1940 2 Eric Richard Meadows White 29 Jun 1910 26 Apr 1972 61
26 Apr 1972 3 Christopher Robert Meadows White 26 Aug 1940
WHITE-TODD of Eaton Place,London
20 Jun 1913 UK 1 Joseph White-Todd 23 Jun 1846 19 Feb 1926 79
to Extinct on his death
19 Feb 1926
WHITEFOORD of Blairquhan,Ayr
30 Dec 1701 NS 1 Adam Whitefoord Nov 1727
Nov 1727 2 John Whitefoord c 1701 2 Mar 1763
2 Mar 1763 3 John Whitefoord c 1730 10 Apr 1803
to On his death the baronetcy became dormant
10 Apr 1803
WHITEHEAD of Highfield House,Kent
26 Nov 1889 UK 1 James Whitehead 2 Mar 1834 20 Oct 1917 83
MP for Leicester 1892-1894
20 Oct 1917 2 George Hugh Whitehead 30 Oct 1861 21 May 1931 69
21 May 1931 3 Rowland Edward Whitehead 1 Sep 1863 9 Oct 1942 79
9 Oct 1942 4 Philip Henry Rathbone Whitehead 24 Jul 1897 31 Dec 1953 56
31 Dec 1953 5 Rowland John Rathbone Whitehead 24 Jun 1930 28 Jul 2007 77
28 Jul 2007 6 Philip Henry Rathbone Whitehead 13 Oct 1957
WHITELEY of Grimley, Worcs
8 Feb 1918 UK See "Huntingdon-Whiteley"
WHITMORE of Apley,Salop
28 Jun 1641 E 1 Thomas Whitmore 28 Nov 1612 May 1653 40
MP for Bridgnorth 1640-1644
May 1653 2 William Whitmore 6 Apr 1637 30 Mar 1699 61
to MP for Shropshire 1660 and Bridgnorth
30 Mar 1699 1661-1699
Extinct on his death
WHITMORE of Orsett,Essex
28 Jun 1954 UK 1 Francis Henry Douglas Charlton Whitmore 20 Apr 1872 12 Jun 1962 90
Lord Lieutenant Essex 1936-1958
12 Jun 1962 2 John Henry Douglas Whitmore 16 Oct 1937
WHITSHED of Killincarrick,Wicklow
16 May 1834 UK See "Hawkins-Whitshed"
WHITWORTH of The Firs,Lancs
1 Nov 1869 UK 1 Joseph Whitworth 21 Dec 1803 22 Jan 1887 83
to Extinct on his death
22 Jan 1887
WIDDRINGTON
of Widdrington,Northumberland
26 Sep 1635 NS 1 Edward Widdrington 13 Jul 1671
to On his death the baronetcy became either
13 Jul 1671 extinct or dormant
WIDDRINGTON
of Widdrington,Northumberland
9 Jul 1642 E 1 William Widdrington 11 Jul 1610 3 Sep 1651 41
He was subsequently created Baron
Widdrington (qv) in 1643 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
forfeiture in 1716
WIDDRINGTON
of Cartington,Northumberland
8 Aug 1642 E 1 Edward Widdrington 13 Jul 1671
to Extinct on his death
13 Jul 1671
WIGAN of Clare Lawn,Surrey
and Purland Chase,Ross
9 Mar 1898 UK 1 Frederick Wigan 4 Oct 1827 2 Mar 1907 79
2 Mar 1907 2 Frederick William Wigan 18 Mar 1859 6 Apr 1907 48
6 Apr 1907 3 Roderick Grey Wigan 11 Nov 1886 15 Jan 1954 67
15 Jan 1954 4 Frederick Adair Wigan 13 Apr 1911 24 Jan 1979 67
24 Jan 1979 5 Alan Lewis Wigan 19 Nov 1913 3 May 1996 82
3 May 1996 6 Michael Iain Wigan 3 Oct 1951
WIGGIN of Metchley Grange,Staffs
and Garth Gwynion,Montgomery
17 Jun 1892 UK 1 Henry Samuel Wiggin 14 Feb 1824 12 Nov 1905 81
MP for Staffordshire East 1880-1885 and
Handsworth 1885-1892
12 Nov 1905 2 Henry Arthur Wiggin 3 May 1852 2 May 1917 64
2 May 1917 3 Charles Richard Henry Wiggin 21 Mar 1885 16 Sep 1972 87
16 Sep 1972 4 John Henry Wiggin 3 Mar 1921 1 Jan 1992 70
1 Jan 1992 5 Charles Rupert John Wiggin 2 Jul 1949 12 Oct 2012 63
12 Oct 2012 6 Richard Edward John Wiggin 1 Jul 1980
WIGRAM of Walthamstow,Essex
30 Oct 1805 UK 1 Robert Wigram 30 Jan 1743 6 Nov 1830 87
MP for Fowey 1802-1806 and Wexford 1806-1807
6 Nov 1830 2 Robert Wigram (Fitzwygram from 1832) 25 Sep 1773 17 Dec 1843 70
MP for Fowey 1806-1818,Lostwithiel 1818-1826
and Wexford 1829-1830
17 Dec 1843 3 Robert Fitzwygram 7 Aug 1813 3 Sep 1873 60
3 Sep 1873 4 Frederick Wellington John Fitzwygram 29 Aug 1823 9 Dec 1904 81
MP for Hampshire South 1884-1885 and Fareham
1885-1900
9 Dec 1904 5 Frederick Loftus Francis Fitzwygram 11 Aug 1884 5 May 1920 35
5 May 1920 6 Edgar Thomas Ainger Wigram 23 Nov 1864 15 Mar 1935 70
15 Mar 1935 7 Clifford Woolmore Wigram 24 Jan 1911 11 Dec 2000 89
11 Dec 2000 8 Edward Robert Woolmore Wigram 19 Jul 1913 11 Oct 2003 90
11 Oct 2003 9 John Woolmore Wigram 25 May 1957
WILBRAHAM of Woodhey,Cheshire
5 May 1621 E 1 Richard Wilbraham 1579 Apr 1643 63
Apr 1643 2 Thomas Wilbraham c 1601 31 Oct 1660
31 Oct 1660 3 Thomas Wilbraham c 1630 19 Aug 1692
to MP for Stafford 1679-1681
Aug 1692 Extinct on his death
WILBRAHAM of Loventor,Devon
19 Sep 1776 GB See "Baker-Wilbraham"
WILDE of London
13 Sep 1660 E 1 William Wilde c 1611 23 Nov 1679
MP for London 1660
23 Nov 1679 2 Felix Wilde c 1654 late 1721
to Extinct on his death
late 1721
WILKINSON of Brook Witley,Surrey
8 Dec 1941 UK 1 George Henry Wilkinson 20 Jul 1885 27 Jun 1967 81
27 Jun 1967 2 Leonard David Wilkinson 18 Jan 1920 1 Nov 1972 52
1 Nov 1972 3 David Graham Brook Wilkinson 18 May 1947
WILKS of Grosvenor Street,London
5 Feb 1898 UK 1 Samuel Wilks 2 Jun 1824 8 Nov 1911 87
to Extinct on his death
8 Nov 1911
WILLIAMS of Vaynol,Carnarvon
15 Jun 1622 E 1 William Williams c 1630
c 1630 2 Thomas Williams c 1650
c 1650 3 William Williams c 1659
c 1659 4 Griffith Williams c 1663
c 1663 5 Thomas Williams c 1673
c 1673 6 William Williams c 1668 23 Dec 1696
to MP for Carnarvonshire 1689-1696
23 Dec 1696 Extinct on his death
WILLIAMS of Marnhull,Dorset
19 Apr 1642 E 1 Edmund Williams early 1644
early 1644 2 John Williams 11 Sep 1642 14 Nov 1680 38
to Extinct on his death
Nov 1680
WILLIAMS of Minster,Kent
22 Apr 1642 E 1 John Williams c 1609 27 Feb 1669
to Extinct on his death
27 Feb 1669
WILLIAMS of Llangibby,Monmouth
14 May 1642 E 1 Trevor Williams c 1622 Nov 1692
MP for Monmouth 1660-1661 and 1679, and
Monmouthshire 1667-1679 and 1679-1685
Nov 1692 2 John Williams c 1651 Nov 1704
MP for Monmouth 1689-1690 and
Monmouthshire 1698-1704
Nov 1704 3 Hopton Williams c 1663 20 Nov 1723
MP for Monmouthshire 1705-1708
20 Nov 1723 4 John Williams 11 Mar 1739
11 Mar 1739 5 Leonard Williams Dec 1753
to Extinct on his death
Dec 1753
WILLIAMS of Guernevet,Brecon
4 May 1644 E 1 Henry Williams c 1607 c 1652
MP for Breconshire 1628-1629
c 1652 2 Henry Williams c 1635 Feb 1666
MP for Brecon 1660-1661
Feb 1666 3 Walter Williams c 1636 c 1695
to Extinct on his death
c 1695
WILLIAMS of Eltham,Kent
12 Nov 1674 E 1 Thomas Williams c 1621 12 Sep 1712
MP for Weobly 1675-1678
12 Sep 1712 2 John Williams 24 Nov 1653 28 Apr 1723 69
MP for Herefordshire 1701-1705
28 Apr 1723 3 David Williams 6 Nov 1659 6 Feb 1740 80
6 Feb 1740 4 Henry Williams 15 Aug 1741
15 Aug 1741 5 Edward Williams 12 Jul 1804
to On his death the baronetcy became either
12 Jul 1804 extinct or dormant
WILLIAMS of Grays Inn,London
6 Jul 1688 E See "Williams-Wynn"
WILLIAMS of Edwinsford,Carmarthen
30 Jul 1707 GB 1 Nicholas Williams 1681 19 Jul 1745 64
to MP for Carmarthenshire 1724-1745. Lord
19 Jul 1745 Lieutenant Carmarthenshire 1735-1740
Extinct on his death
WILLIAMS of Clapton,Northants
4 Apr 1747 GB 1 Hutchins Williams c 1700 4 Nov 1758
4 Nov 1758 2 William Peere Williams c 1730 27 Apr 1761
MP for New Shoreham 1758-1761
27 Apr 1761 3 Booth Williams c 1735 2 Feb 1784
to Extinct on his death
2 Feb 1784
WILLIAMS of Clovelly,Devon
7 Jul 1795 GB See "Hamlyn-Williams"
WILLIAMS of Bodelwyddan,Flint
24 Jul 1798 GB 1 John Williams 22 Dec 1761 9 Oct 1830 68
9 Oct 1830 2 John Williams (Hay-Williams from 12 May 1842) 9 Jan 1794 10 Sep 1859 65
10 Sep 1859 3 Hugh Williams 8 Jan 1802 10 May 1876 74
10 May 1876 4 William Grenville Williams 30 May 1844 28 Aug 1904 60
For information on the death of this baronet's two
daughters,see the note at the foot of this page
28 Aug 1904 5 William Willoughby Williams 11 Sep 1888 18 Jan 1932 43
18 Jan 1932 6 Hugh Grenville Williams 26 Mar 1889 9 Dec 1961 72
9 Dec 1961 7 Reginald Lawrence William Williams 3 May 1900 30 Jan 1971 70
30 Jan 1971 8 Francis John Watkin Williams 24 Jan 1905 3 Jan 1995 89
3 Jan 1995 9 Lawrence Hugh Williams 25 Aug 1929
WILLIAMS of Llwyny Wormwood,Carmarthen
22 May 1815 UK See "Griffies-Williams"
WILLIAMS of Kars
18 Jul 1856 UK 1 William Fenwick Williams 4 Dec 1800 26 Jul 1883 82
to MP for Calne 1856-1859
26 Jul 1883 Extinct on his death
WILLIAMS of Tregullow,Cornwall
4 Aug 1866 UK 1 William Williams 3 Aug 1791 24 Mar 1870 78
24 Mar 1870 2 Frederick Martin Williams 25 Jan 1830 3 Sep 1878 48
MP for Truro 1863-1878
3 Sep 1878 3 William Robert Williams 21 Feb 1860 16 May 1903 43
16 May 1903 4 William Frederick Williams 17 May 1886 20 Sep 1905 19
20 Sep 1905 5 Frederick William Williams 15 Jan 1888 2 Oct 1913 25
For further information on the death of this
baronet,see the note at the foot of this page
2 Oct 1913 6 Burton Robert Williams 7 Jul 1889 3 Oct 1917 28
3 Oct 1917 7 Frederick Law Williams 10 May 1862 20 Dec 1921 59
20 Dec 1921 8 William Law Williams 1 May 1907 1 Jul 1960 53
1 Jul 1960 9 Robert Ernest Williams 6 Jun 1924 26 May 1976 51
26 May 1976 10 Donald Mark Williams 7 Nov 1954
WILLIAMS of London
30 Oct 1894 UK 1 John Williams 6 Nov 1840 24 May 1926 85
to Extinct on his death
24 May 1926
WILLIAMS of Castell Deudrath
and Borthwen,Merioneth
28 Jul 1909 UK 1 Arthur Osmond Williams 17 Mar 1849 28 Jan 1927 77
MP for Merionethshire 1900-1910. Lord
Lieutenant Merioneth 1909-1927
28 Jan 1927 2 Michael Osmond Williams 22 Apr 1914 19 Dec 2012 98
to Extinct on his death
19 Dec 2012
WILLIAMS of Bridehead,Dorset
9 Feb 1915 UK 1 Robert Williams 15 Jun 1848 15 Apr 1943 94
MP for Dorset West 1895-1922
15 Apr 1943 2 Philip Francis Cunningham Williams 6 Jul 1884 6 May 1958 73
6 May 1958 3 David Philip Williams 5 Oct 1909 31 Oct 1970 61
31 Oct 1970 4 Robert Philip Nathaniel Williams 3 May 1950
WILLIAMS of Miskin,Glamorgan
25 Jun 1918 UK See "Rhys-Williams"
WILLIAMS of Ewhurst,Surrey
28 Nov 1922 UK See "Hume-Williams"
WILLIAMS of Park,Aberdeen
29 Jun 1928 UK 1 Robert Williams 21 Jan 1860 25 Apr 1938 78
to Extinct on his death
25 Apr 1938
WILLIAMS of Glynwr,Carmarthen
10 Jul 1935 UK 1 Evan Williams 2 Jul 1871 3 Feb 1959 87
to Extinct on his death
3 Feb 1959
WILLIAMS of Cilgeraint,Carnarvon
3 Jul 1953 UK 1 Herbert Geraint Williams 2 Dec 1884 25 Jul 1954 69
MP for Reading 1924-1929, Croydon
South 1932-1945 and Croydon East 1950-54
25 Jul 1954 2 Robin Philip Williams 27 May 1928 14 Sep 2013 85
14 Sep 2013 3 Anthony Geraint Williams 22 Dec 1958
WILLIAMS
1955 UK 1 George Clark Williams 2 Nov 1878 15 Oct 1958 79
to Lord Lieutenant Carmarthen 1949-1953
15 Oct 1958 Extinct on his death
WILLIAMS of Exeter,Devon
2 Jul 1964 UK See "Dudley-Williams"
WILLIAMS-BULKELEY of Penrhyn,Carnarvon
17 Jun 1661 E 1 Griffith Williams 1663
1663 2 Robert Williams c 1627 1678
MP for Carnarvonshire 1656-1658 and
Carnarvon 1659
1678 3 John Williams c 1682
c 1682 4 Griffith Williams c 1685
c 1685 5 Hugh Williams c 1706
c 1706 6 Griffith Williams Jul 1734
Jul 1734 7 Robert Williams Nov 1745
Nov 1745 8 Hugh Williams 1718 19 Aug 1794 76
MP for Beaumaris 1768-1780 and 1785-1794
19 Aug 1794 9 Robert Williams 20 Jul 1764 1 Dec 1830 66
MP for Carnarvonshire 1790-1826 and
Beaumaris 1826-1830
1 Dec 1830 10 Richard Bulkeley Williams-Bulkeley 23 Sep 1801 28 Aug 1875 73
MP for Beaumaris 1831-1832, Anglesey
1832-1837 and 1847-1868 and Flint
Burghs 1841-1847. Lord Lieutenant
Caernarvonshire 1851-1866
28 Aug 1875 11 Richard Mostyn Lewis Williams-Bulkeley 20 May 1833 28 Jan 1884 50
28 Jan 1884 12 Richard Henry Williams-Bulkeley 4 Dec 1862 7 Jul 1942 79
Lord Lieutenant Anglesey 1896-1942
7 Jul 1942 13 Richard Harry David Williams-Bulkeley 5 Oct 1911 3 Feb 1992 80
Lord Lieutenant Anglesey 1947-1974
3 Feb 1992 14 Richard Thomas Williams-Bulkeley 25 May 1939
WILLIAMS-DRUMMOND
of Hawthornden,Edinburgh
27 Feb 1828 UK 1 John Forbes Drummond 28 May 1829
28 May 1829 2 Francis Walker Drummond 1781 29 Feb 1844 62
29 Feb 1844 3 James Williams-Drummond 11 Aug 1814 10 May 1866 51
10 May 1866 4 James Hamlyn Williams Williams-Drummond 13 Jan 1857 15 Jun 1913 56
Lord Lieutenant Carmarthen 1898-1913
15 Jun 1913 5 James Hamlyn Williams Williams-Drummond 25 May 1891 7 Jan 1970 78
7 Jan 1970 6 William Hugh Dudley Williams-Drummond 13 Feb 1901 27 May 1976 75
to Extinct on his death
27 May 1976
WILLIAMS-WYNN of Grays Inn,London
6 Jul 1688 E 1 William Williams c 1634 11 Jul 1700
MP for Chester 1675-1681, Montgomery
1685 and Beaumaris 1689-1690 and 1695-98
Solicitor General 1687-1689. Speaker of
the House of Commons 1680-81. Lord
Lieutenant Merioneth 1689-1690
11 Jul 1700 2 William Williams c 1665 20 Oct 1740
MP for Denbigh 1708-1710
20 Oct 1740 3 Watkin Williams-Wynn 1692 23 Sep 1749 57
MP for Denbighshire 1716-1741 and 1747-1749
23 Sep 1749 4 Watkin Williams-Wynn 1749 24 Jul 1789 40
MP for Shropshire 1772-1774 and
Denbighshire 1774-1789. Lord Lieutenant
Merioneth 1775-1789
24 Jul 1789 5 Watkin Williams-Wynn 25 Oct 1772 6 Jan 1840 67
MP for Beaumaris 1794-1796 and
Denbighshire 1796-1840. Lord Lieutenant
Merioneth 1793-1830
6 Jan 1840 6 Watkin Williams-Wynn 22 May 1820 9 May 1885 64
MP for Denbighshire 1841-1885
9 May 1885 7 Herbert Lloyd Watkin Williams-Wynn 6 Jun 1860 24 May 1944 83
MP for Denbighshire 1885. Lord Lieutenant
Montgomery 1891-1944
24 May 1944 8 Watkin Williams-Wynn 25 Jan 1891 9 May 1949 58
9 May 1949 9 Robert William Herbert Watkin
Williams-Wynn 3 Jun 1862 23 Nov 1951 89
Lord Lieutenant Denbigh 1928-1951
23 Nov 1951 10 Owen Watkin Williams-Wynn 30 Nov 1904 13 May 1988 83
Lord Lieutenant Denbigh 1966-1974 and
Clwyd 1976-1979
13 May 1988 11 David Watkin Williams-Wynn 18 Feb 1940
WILLIAMSON of East Markham,Notts
3 Jun 1642 E 1 Thomas Williamson 14 May 1609 14 Oct 1657 48
14 Oct 1657 2 Thomas Williamson 10 May 1636 23 Apr 1703 66
23 Apr 1703 3 Robert Williamson 25 May 1707
May 1707 4 William Williamson 9 Oct 1681 Apr 1747 65
Apr 1747 5 Hedworth Williamson c 1710 9 Jan 1788
9 Jan 1788 6 Hedworth Williamson 1751 14 Mar 1810 58
14 Mar 1810 7 Hedworth Williamson 1 Nov 1797 24 Apr 1861 63
MP for co.Durham 1831-1832, Durham
North 1832-1837 and Sunderland 1847-1852
24 Apr 1861 8 Hedworth Williamson 25 Mar 1827 26 Aug 1900 73
MP for Durham North 1864-1874
For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
26 Aug 1900 9 Hedworth Williamson 23 May 1867 27 Oct 1942 75
27 Oct 1942 10 Charles Hedworth Williamson 6 Sep 1903 8 Apr 1946 42
8 Apr 1946 11 Nicholas Frederick Hedworth Williamson 26 Oct 1937 31 Dec 2000 63
to Extinct on his death
31 Dec 2000 For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
WILLIAMSON of Glenogil,Forfar
29 Jul 1909 UK 1 Archibald Williamson 13 Sep 1860 29 Oct 1931 71
He was subsequently created Baron Forres
(qv) in 1922 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
WILLINK of Dingle Bank,Lancs
20 Jul 1957 UK 1 Henry Urmston Willink 7 Mar 1894 1 Jan 1973 78
MP for Croydon North 1940-1948. Minister
of Health 1943-1945. PC 1943
1 Jan 1973 2 Charles William Willink 10 Sep 1929 10 Mar 2009 79
10 Mar 2009 3 Edward Daniel Willink 18 Feb 1957
WILLOUGHBY of Risley,Derby
29 Jun 1611 E 1 Henry Willoughby 14 Sep 1579 20 Nov 1649 70
to Extinct on his death
20 Nov 1649
WILLOUGHBY of Willoughby,Notts
4 Aug 1660 E 1 William Willoughby c 1630 10 Feb 1671
to Extinct on his death
10 Feb 1671
WILLOUGHBY of Wollaton,Notts
7 Apr 1677 E 1 Francis Willoughby 1668 Sep 1688 20
Sep 1688 2 Thomas Willoughby 9 Apr 1672 2 Apr 1729 56
He was subsequently created Baron
Middleton (qv) in 1712 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged,although as at
30/06/2014 the baronetcy does not appear
on the Official Roll of the Baronetage
WILLOUGHBY of Baldon House,Oxon
8 Dec 1794 GB 1 Christopher Willoughby Nov 1748 5 Apr 1808 59
5 Apr 1808 2 Christopher William Willoughby 2 Sep 1793 24 Jun 1813 19
24 Jun 1813 3 Henry Pollard Willoughby 17 Nov 1796 23 Mar 1865 68
MP for Yarmouth IOW 1831-1832, Newcastle
under Lyme 1832-1834 and Evesham 1847-1865
23 Mar 1865 4 John Pollard Willoughby 21 Apr 1799 15 Sep 1866 67
MP for Leominster 1857-1858
15 Sep 1866 5 John Christopher Willoughby 20 Feb 1859 16 Apr 1918 59
to Extinct on his death
16 Apr 1918
WILLS of Coombe Lodge,Somerset
12 Aug 1893 UK 1 William Henry Wills 1 Sep 1830 29 Jan 1911 80
He was subsequently created Baron
Winterstoke (qv) in 1906 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1911
WILLS of Manor Heath,Hants
15 Feb 1897 UK 1 Frederick Wills 22 Nov 1838 18 Feb 1909 70
MP for Bristol North 1900-1906
18 Feb 1909 2 Gilbert Alan Hamilton Wills 28 Mar 1880 1 Dec 1956 76
He was subsequently created Baron
Dulverton (qv) in 1929 with which title
the baronetcy remains merged
WILLS of Hazelwood,Gloucs and
Clapton-in-Gordano,Somerset
19 Aug 1904 UK 1 Edward Payson Wills 12 Jun 1834 13 Mar 1910 75
13 Mar 1910 2 Edward Chaning Wills 25 Apr 1861 14 Oct 1921 60
14 Oct 1921 3 Ernest Salter Wills 30 Nov 1869 14 Jan 1958 88
Lord Lieutenant Wiltshire 1930-1942
14 Jan 1958 4 Ernest Edward de Winton Wells 8 Dec 1903 19 Aug 1983 79
19 Aug 1983 5 David Seton Wills 29 Dec 1939
WILLS of Blagdon,Somerset
19 Jul 1923 UK 1 George Alfred Wills 3 Jun 1854 11 Jul 1928 74
11 Jul 1928 2 George Vernon Proctor Wills 21 Mar 1887 1 Feb 1931 43
1 Feb 1931 3 George Peter Vernon Wills 8 Jan 1922 19 Apr 1945 23
19 Apr 1945 4 John Vernon Wills 3 Jul 1928 26 Aug 1998 70
Lord Lieutenant Avon 1974-1996 and Somerset
1994-1998
26 Aug 1998 5 David James Vernon Wills 2 Jan 1955
WILLSHIRE of the East Indies
22 May 1841 UK 1 Thomas Willshire 24 Aug 1789 31 May 1862 72
31 May 1862 2 Arthur Reginald Thomas Willshire 23 Nov 1850 26 Apr 1919 68
26 Apr 1919 3 Gerard Arthur Maxwell Willshire 21 Aug 1892 1 Apr 1947 54
to Extinct on his death
1 Apr 1947 For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
WILLYS of Fen Ditton,Cambs
15 Dec 1641 E 1 Thomas Willys c 1614 17 Nov 1701
MP for Cambridgeshire 1659 and
Cambridge 1660
17 Nov 1701 2 John Willys c 1635 9 Aug 1704
Aug 1704 3 Thomas Willys c 1674 17 Jun 1705
17 Jun 1705 4 Thomas Willys c 1704 c 1724
c 1724 5 Thomas Willys c 1680 17 Jul 1726
17 Jul 1726 6 William Willys c 1685 14 Apr 1732
to MP for Newport IOW 1727 and Great Bedwyn
14 Apr 1732 1727-1732
Extinct on his death
WILLYS of Fen Ditton,Cambs
11 Jun 1646 E 1 Richard Willys c 1615 9 Dec 1690
Dec 1690 2 Thomas Fox Willys 30 Jun 1661 1701 40
to Extinct on his death
1701
WILMOT of Witney,Oxon
1 Oct 1621 I 1 Arthur Wilmot 13 Mar 1629
to Extinct on his death
13 Mar 1629
WILMOT of Chaddesden,Derby
15 Feb 1759 GB 1 Edward Wilmot 29 Oct 1693 21 Nov 1786 93
21 Nov 1786 2 Robert Mead Wilmot 13 Sep 1731 9 Sep 1793 61
9 Sep 1793 3 Robert Wilmot 5 Jul 1765 13 Jul 1842 77
13 Jul 1842 4 Henry Sacheverell Wilmot 11 Feb 1801 11 Apr 1872 71
11 Apr 1872 5 Henry Sacheverell Wilmot VC 3 Feb 1831 7 Apr 1901 70
MP for Derbyshire South 1869-1885
For further information on this baronet and VC
winner,see the note at the foot of this page
7 Apr 1901 6 Ralph Henry Sacheverell Wilmot 8 Jun 1875 14 Jan 1918 42
14 Jan 1918 7 Arthur Ralph Wilmot 2 Feb 1909 3 Oct 1942 33
3 Oct 1942 8 Robert Arthur Wilmot 8 Oct 1939 14 Nov 1974 35
14 Nov 1974 9 Henry Robert Wilmot 10 Apr 1967
WILMOT of Osmaston,Derby
10 Oct 1772 GB 1 Robert Wilmot c 1708 14 Nov 1772
14 Nov 1772 2 Robert Wilmot c 1752 23 Jul 1834
23 Jul 1834 3 Robert John Wilmot (Wilmot-Horton from 1823) 21 Dec 1784 31 May 1841 56
MP for Newcastle under Lyme 1818-1830
Governor of Ceylon 1831-1837. PC 1827
31 May 1841 4 Robert Edward Wilmot-Horton (Wilmot from 29 Jan 1808 22 Sep 1880 72
11 Jan 1842 and Wilmot-Horton from 1871)
22 Sep 1880 5 George Lewis Wilmot-Horton 8 Nov 1825 24 Oct 1887 61
24 Oct 1887 6 Robert Rodney Wilmot 20 Jun 1853 16 Aug 1931 78
to Extinct on his death
16 Aug 1931
WILMOT of Berkswell Hall,Warwicks
23 Aug 1821 UK See "Eardley"
WILSON of Killenure,Donegal
3 Jul 1629 I 1 John Wilson 16 Apr 1636
to Extinct on his death
16 Apr 1636
WILSON of Eastbourne,Sussex
4 Mar 1661 E See "Maryon-Wilson"
WILSON of East Stoke,Notts
31 Oct 1757 GB See "Bromley"
WILSON of Delhi,India
8 Jan 1858 UK 1 Archdale Wilson 3 Aug 1803 9 May 1874 70
9 May 1874 2 Roland Knyvet Wilson 27 Aug 1840 29 Oct 1919 79
29 Oct 1919 3 Arthur Knyvet Wilson 4 Mar 1842 25 May 1921 79
to OM 1912
25 May 1921 Extinct on his death
WILSON of Eshton Hall,Yorks
16 Mar 1874 UK 1 Mathew Wilson 29 Aug 1802 18 Jan 1891 88
MP for Clitheroe 1841-1842 and 1847-1853,
Yorkshire West Riding North 1874-1885 and
Skipton 1885-1886
18 Jan 1891 2 Mathew Wharton Wilson 20 Mar 1827 1 Mar 1909 81
1 Mar 1909 3 Mathew Amcotts Wilson 2 Jan 1853 18 Jan 1914 61
18 Jan 1914 4 Mathew Richard Henry Wilson 25 Aug 1875 19 May 1958 82
MP for Bethnal Green South West 1914-1922
17 May 1958 5 Mathew Martin Wilson 2 Jul 1906 20 Mar 1991 84
20 Mar 1991 6 Mathew John Anthony Wilson 2 Oct 1935
WILSON of Archer House,Yorks
26 Aug 1897 UK 1 Alexander Wilson 28 Jun 1837 27 Apr 1907 69
to Extinct on his death
29 Apr 1907
WILSON of Airdrie,Fife
27 Jul 1906 UK 1 John Wilson 26 Jun 1844 28 Jul 1918 74
MP for Falkirk 1895-1906
28 Jul 1918 2 James Robertson Wilson 5 May 1883 30 Sep 1964 81
30 Sep 1964 3 John Menzies Wilson 12 Feb 1885 22 Oct 1968 83
22 Oct 1968 4 Thomas Douglas Wilson 10 Jun 1917 12 Nov 1984 67
12 Nov 1984 5 James William Douglas Wilson 8 Oct 1960
WILSON of Currygrane,Longford
3 Oct 1919 UK 1 Henry Hughes Wilson 5 May 1864 22 Jun 1922 58
to Field Marshal 1919. MP for Down North 1922
22 Jun 1922 Extinct on his death
For further information on the death of this
baronet,see the note at the foot of this page
WILSON of Carbeth,Stirling
11 Feb 1920 UK 1 David Wilson 4 Apr 1855 8 Mar 1930 74
8 Mar 1930 2 John Mitchell Harvey Wilson 10 Oct 1898 6 Feb 1975 76
6 Feb 1975 3 David Wilson 30 Oct 1928 28 Apr 2014 85
28 Apr 2014 4 Thomas David Wilson 6 Jan 1959
Sir Derrick Julius Wernher, 2nd baronet
Sir Julius Wernher, 1st baronet, became one of the wealthiest men in England due to his
interests in diamond mines in South Africa. Unfortunately, it would seem that his eldest son
did not inherit his father's financial acumen.
In May 1912 he appeared in the bankruptcy courts, as reported in 'The New York Times' of
8 May:-
'Derrick Wernher, son of the South African millionaire Sir Julius Wernher, appeared in the
Bankruptcy Court today, when an extraordinary story of how he spent 115,000 ($575,000)
was disclosed.
'The bankrupt attributed his failure to extravagant living, betting, gambling, and heavy interest,
commissions, and bonuses on money-lending transactions.
'Derrick Wernher is 22 years of age. He was educated at Eton and Oxford, and on leaving the
university had contracted debts to the amount of $200,000, chiefly as a result of gambling
transactions, including baccarat and horse racing. These debts were paid by his father, who
then advertised in the English and Continental newspapers that he would not be responsible
for any further debts his son might incur.
'Since then, the bankrupt said, he had incurred debts to the amount of $350,000 to unsecured
creditors. In November, 1910, his father obtained an appointment for him as private secretary
to a gentleman travelling in Egypt and the Sudan at a remuneration of $200 a month, but in
May, 1911, that engagement terminated.
"Did your father say that if you would do two year's honest work he would leave you his vast
fortune, but that if you did not turn over a new leaf he would leave his money elsewhere?" was
asked. "He did not," was the reply.
Questioned regarding the heavy purchases of jewellery, Derrick Wernher said that Oscar Kahn
was a creditor for $245,000 under that head. He bought the jewellery in October, 1910, under
the following circumstances:-
'He had made the acquaintance of Tery, a Hungarian, who was acquainted with his financial
necessities and suggested a plan of relieving them. Tery said he had relations with a large
jewellery firm in Paris which would willingly do business with the debtor. Accordingly Terry
introduced him to Oscar Kahn, who asked the witness if he were the eldest son of his father,
On learning that he was, Kahn, the debtor said, supplied him with a magnificent string of pearls.
He was not asked any question as to his financial position, and did not instruct Tery to make
any statement on the subject. He gave Kahn security in the shape of acceptances for the
jewellery.
'Mr. Wernher added that he took the string of pearls to an address which Kahn gave him and
received for the jewels $6,000 in cash and a check for $44,400. He took the check back to
Kahn because a premium of $1,000 had been paid in respect to a policy affected on his life.
The check was cashed and the witness received $43,000, which, with the $6,000 in cash, made
up the total consideration in respect of a liability of over $235,000. He paid Tery a commission
of $4,000 out of the money.
'The debtor said he had paid off a number of debts with the money, and the remainder went
chiefly in gambling in Florence and in the payment of betting losses in England.'
When Sir Julius died later that month, his estate was valued at $25 million. Of this amount a
sum of $750,000 was left in trust for life for Derrick, with the proviso that no more than $6,000
per annum be paid to him between the ages of 25 and 30, and not more than $12,000 per
annum after reaching age 30. If and when he married, the $750,000 would remain in trust for
the benefit of his wife and any children. If he died unmarried, the capital amount would
revert to his father's estate.
According to a report in 'The Washington Post' of 17 October 1919, Sir Derrick's "career in the
United States, especially New York, has been almost as unpleasantly spectacular as in England."
This report also states that, after joining the Army during WW1 and rising to the rank of acting
Major, Wernher was cashiered following a court-martial.
In June 1924, Derrick was arrested and charged with perjury. The warrant for his arrest was
dated 12 years earlier and alleged that he had committed perjury during his bankruptcy
hearing. Fortunately for him, the principal witness against him had died in the meantime, and
he was accordingly discharged.
Wernher died when he fell from his apartment balcony, as reported in 'The Manchester Guardian'
on 8 March 1948:-
'Sir Derrick Julius Wernher (58) fell 80 feet to his death from the balcony of his flat in Princess
Gate, South Kensington, London, early on Saturday. His body, fully clothed, was found by
another resident of the flats on the terrace at the back of the building. There is no suspicion
of foul play.
'A woman friend told a reporter that Sir Derrick, who was 6ft 7in in height, suffered from
giddiness. "But he loved to go out on to the balcony of his flat to admire the view or, at night,
to watch the lights."
Sir William Grenville Williams, 4th baronet [GB 1798]
Sir William suffered more than his share of tragedy during his life. His infant son, Owen Arthur
Williams, died at 11 months, apparently after he swallowed some orange pips, and two of his
daughters, together with their governess, were drowned when they fell through the ice into a
frozen pond. The following report appeared in the "Weekly Irish Times" of 22 February 1902:-
'An inquest was held yesterday relative to the sad ice accident at Rhuddian, North Wales, on
Thursday, in which two daughters [Megan Louise (11) and Olwen Harriet (8)] of Sir William
Grenville Williams, Bart., and Miss Garrett, their governess, lost their lives. The bereaved father,
who was the first witness, wept bitterly, and said he did not know the governess was with his
daughters, so that she must have met them after they saw him off at the railway station. Sir
William gave his evidence with the greatest difficulty, and was assisted by his brother, the
Bishop of Bangor. The stationmaster at Rhuddian stated he saw Miss Garrett in the water, but
did not know there were other victims till the bodies were recovered. He was able to get a rope
across the pond, and the governess succeeded in catching hold of it. He pulled her on to the
ice, but then she fell back and sank. Some of the jury mentioned that the pond was the most
dangerous one in the district, and that a spring existed there. Several accidents had occurred
there. The jury returned a verdict of accidentally drowned, and passed a vote of sympathy
with Sir William. They also expressed the opinion that Miss Garrett (who belonged to Surrey)
had behaved most heroically, it being evident that she lost her life in trying to save the children.
They also decided to petition to London and North-Western Railway Company to fence the pool
on account of its dangerous character.
'Further particulars of the sad affair show that the Misses Williams were accompanied by a dog,
which they tied to a post before going on to the ice to slide. The animal became greatly excited
when released and rushed to the ice after his mistresses, crying piteously.'
Sir Frederick William Williams, 5th baronet [UK 1866]
Sir Frederick died as a result of an overdose of ether in Paris in 1913, aged only 25. The
following account of his death appeared in the Adelaide 'Advertiser,' reprinted from the
London 'Daily Sketch,' on 19 November 1913:-
'The English baronet, Sir Frederick William Williams, of Barnstaple, who died in Paris from an
overdose of ether, was a brilliant, handsome, eccentric man of 25, who devoted his talents
to the pursuit of luxury.
'His Paris apartments were strangely and elaborately fitted up, as were those he used to
occupy in London, which contained one room draped in black, with a coffin in the centre.
'It would be difficult to conceive of anything more extraordinary than this London "death
chamber." Incense was kept burning in it, and it was lighted by a solitary candle. A human
skull rested on the top of the coffin.
'Sir Frederick came (says the Paris correspondent of a London paper) to France a few months
ago and lived on a scale that surpassed his London achievements. His flat in the Montmartre
quarter was most expensively furnished. It was decorated with rare flowers and perfume
burners, and the air has heavy with scent. Here, with his eyebrows pencilled and his lips
reddened, he received his visitors. At the last Mi-Careme ball he distinguished himself by
coming out as a ballet dancer. A few weeks ago he took up the tango, and engaged a lady to
give him lessons.
'His friends knew that he took drugs - he boasted of it - but were ignorant of the fact that he
had taken to ether. His intellectual attainments were many, and he knew several languages.
'The death of Sir Frederick William Williams from an overdose of ether should act as a warning
to the many people who have got into the habit of using this drug. Sir Frederick is the third
victim reported from Paris within a few days. The other two were women.
"I am afraid a great many people take ether nowadays without realising its harmful and
dangerous effects," said a West-End physician to the London "Daily Sketch."
"Medically, ether is used in very small doses as a stimulant to the heart. It is also used as an
anaesthetic by surgeons and dentists.
"Of recent years there has grown up a habit of taking ether as a substitute for alcohol. You
can get drunk on ether just as you can get drunk on whisky, and it's very much cheaper.
"It can be drunk like any other spirit, or is fumes can be inhaled. It acts much more quickly
when inhaled. At first there is a pleasant sensation and then unconsciousness supervenes. But
when inhaled it must be mixed with air, or the feeling is one of suffocation. An overdose causes
a stoppage of the heart's action, the ultimate effect of all powerful stimulants indiscriminately
used."
'A firm of chemists told the "Daily Sketch" that a great deal of ether was sold, there being no
restrictions upon it.'
Sir Hedworth Williamson, 8th baronet
Sir Hedworth suffered the misfortune of accidently shooting a member of his hunting party in
October 1867. The following account of this accident appeared in 'The York Herald' on 2
November 1867:-
'On Tuesday [29 October], a painful gun accident occurred at Edlingham, a village a few miles
west of Alnwick, where Sir Hedworth Williamson, M.P. for North Durham, and a party of friends,
including Col. Harrison, of the Royal Artillery, had been shooting in the woods belonging to Sir
John Swinburne. The party had followed the sport during the morning, and shortly after noon
they partook of luncheon together. Sir Hedworth had a new breech-loading gun, of which,
after luncheon, the party were discussing the merits; and Sir Hedworth was in the act of
handing it to Col. Harrison for inspection, when it unfortunately exploded, the contents entering
the deceased's leg near to the knee, on the inner side, and going in a slanting direction across
and up the thigh. Col. Harrison was carried to the house of the Rev. M.G.H. Buckle, vicar of
Edlingham, which was only a short distance, and medical assistance [was] immediately sent
for. Dr. Robertson, of Glanton, was promptly in attendance, and, assisted by Dr. Easton, of
Alnwick, who had also been sent for, dressed the wound, and used every means that their skill
suggested to stop the bleeding, but without completely succeeding. As it still continued to
flow, other means were applied and stimulants administered, but all without avail, as the
unfortunate gentleman died from the effects of haemorrhage the same evening, at eight o'clock.
Intelligence of the sad catastrophe was telegraphed to Mr. T.E. Harrison, engineer of the North-
Eastern Railway, and brother of the deceased, who proceeded to Edlingham, and the wife of
Colonel Harrison and his son arrived upon the scene on Wednesday. Colonel Harrison was son of
Mr. Harrison, of Sunderland, the family having long been associated with the trade of that port.
The unfortunate colonel, who was a neighbour of Sir H. Williamson, at Whitburn, near
Sunderland, had been twenty-one years in India, and only returned home last year, after having
got a well-earned pension.
'Another version of the melancholy affair is that Colonel Harrison was walking in front of Sir
Hedworth Williamson, who was carrying his gun under his arm with the muzzle pointed down-
wards, when, by some accident, the trigger caught a button, and the contents of the gun were
discharged into one of Colonel Harrison's legs below the knee. It tore the calf of the leg nearly
away, and lacerated it fearfully, leaving the bone exposed. One of the party, a military
gentleman, who had been in the service in India, had some knowledge of surgery, and
succeeded in tying up the arteries, and to an extent stopping the bleeding. Col. Harrison was
carefully removed to the Vicarage at Edlingham, and the best medical aid in the district was
summoned to his assistance; but all the efforts of the professional gentlemen could not prolong
life.'
Sir Nicholas Frederick Hedworth Williamson, 11th and last baronet [E 1642]
'The Times' of 12 January 2001:-
'An Old Etonian racing driver drank himself to death on New Year's Eve when his only company
was his customary bottle of whisky, an inquest was told yesterday.
'Sir Nicholas Williamson, the colourful and eccentric 11th Baronet, was found by his housekeeper
slumped in his favourite armchair at his country home, Abbey Croft, in the village of Mortimer,
near Reading. Dorothy Smith told Charles Hoile, the West Berkshire Coroner, that Sir Nicholas,
63, drank up to a pint of whisky a day. She added: "He was a nice man and a very good
employer." Recording a verdict of death by dependency on alcohol, Mr. Hoile said: "My
conclusion is that he died as a result of alcohol toxicity."
'Sir Nicholas, who succeeded his uncle, Sir Charles Williamson, to the baronetcy in 1946, was
unmarried and had no heirs. His father, Major William Williamson, died in action in 1942.
'After the inquest Julian Lambton, his godson and cousin, said that he remembered Sir Nicholas
as the "exciting dare-devil hero of the family." The sports car fanatic would race state-of-the-
art vehicles through the grounds of private country houses. He was national hill-climbing
champion in 1970 and 1972 and his collection of cars included Maclarens, D-type Jaguars and
Mercedes - the Formula One cars of their day. Lamenting the demise of the baronetcy, created
in 1642, Mr. Lambton added: "That's the quite sad thing about it - it has to go to a direct
descendant."
'Sir Nicholas had lived in Mortimer all his life and served on the parish council. He was for almost
40 years in the volunteer fire brigade, started because of his habit of hanging around waiting
for fire calls during his school holidays. Mr. Lambton said: "In the end the firemen would let him
ride on the engine and then asked him to join when he was in his late teens."
'Sir Nicholas bought a vintage engine and restored it before giving it to the service. The 1938
Dennis was the first ladder escape vehicle acquired by Reading Fire Service. Now based at
Windsor fire station for ceremonial duties, it will accompany the funeral procession through
Mortimer today.'
Sir Gerard Arthur Maxwell Willshire, 3rd baronet
Sir Gerard was imprisoned in 1927 following his conviction for indecent assault on a young
woman. The following report appeared in 'The Times' of 29 June 1927:-
'Sir Gerard Arthur Maxwell Willshire, Bt., of Rose House, Hindhead, was brought up at the Kent
Assizes at Maidstone yesterday, committed by the county magistrates sitting at Maidstone on
May 19, on the charge of having "unlawfully and indecently assaulted and ill-treated Jean
Olds," aged 22, at Thurnham on May 10.
'When committed the defendant pleaded "Not Guilty," and reserved his defence. Yesterday on
the case being called he pleaded "Guilty," and Mr. Justice Rowlatt sentenced him to six months'
imprisonment in the second division.
'In the case presented by the prosecution when the defendant was before the magistrates it
was alleged that he had taken Miss Olds for a drive in his motor-car from London, stopped at
a wood near Maidstone, tied her hands behind her, having ordered her to undress, and when
she was wearing only her shoes and stockings blackened her with some [black boot] polish.
'Sir Travers Humphreys [the prosecutor], after the plea of "Guilty" had been tendered, said
that additional evidence had been taken with regard to other acts. This indicated that the
defendant was very far from being a normal person. He did things at times which were certainly
the actions of a person of abnormal mentality, possibly of abnormal sexual ideas.
'The Judge asked if the woman had complained to the police. Sir Travers Humphreys - The
woman at whose house she called said to the police, "What a state she was in!" and a police
officer actually saw the girl while she was black before she had a bath.
'Mr. Birkett [for the defence] said that the very serious course of pleading "Guilty" had been
taken after the most anxious consideration. That course prevented a repetition of the painful
and distressing story which had attained such wide publicity, and moreover would save Miss
Olds from another painful ordeal. There were matters contained in the additional evidence
which it was right to consider. They were matters confined to a comparatively short space of
time. On the other hand, there would be much which one could say in favour of the defendant
in every other part of his life. He had been most happily married to Lady Willshire for four years,
and Lady Willshire told him (counsel) that life had been one of continuous happiness without
any blot.
'The defendant, continued counsel, had during his war service contracted a virulent type of
trench fever, which still had recurrent effects upon him at the present time. A doctor would
give evidence to the effect that the trench fever caused a mental disturbance, and in these
circumstances the slightest quantity of drink taken by the defendant had a very pronounced
effect. There could be no doubt that during the days immediately preceding the offence the
defendant had been drinking heavily and was at the same time suffering from trench fever.
He (Mr. Birkett) suggested that the defendant should be kept under medical supervision.
'Dr. Beckett Overy was then called by Mr. Birkett, and said that he was prepared in a certain
event to see that the defendant went to a suitable home where he could get medical
supervision.
'Mr. Justice Rowlatt, passing sentence, said that he did not think it would be possible for
anyone to have believed that the young woman who was the prosecutrix could possibly have
consented to the sort of acts that were done. The publicity and humiliation for the
prosecutrix would have been very much greater, but by pleading "Guilty" the defendant had
saved that, and had done something by acknowledging his fault towards lessening it. The case
revealed a most terrible outrage. To cover a woman's naked body with blacking and abandon
her in the middle if the night was an outrage which it was very, very difficult to speak
temperately of. He could not conceive why a man should do it unless under the influence of
some abnormality. The defendant had been suffering from neurasthenia and had had trench
fever, but he (the Judge) was perfectly sure it would not have caused him to do anything
like this but for drink. He had seen the other evidence which could have been given, and he
had no doubt that that was the whole of the story. The defendant seemed to fall under the
influence of some curious tendencies when he got drunk, and if he yielded to it one of these
days it might be that he would handle some woman in such a way that he would be charged
with murder.
'In the face of an outrage of this kind he could not yield to the plea that the defendant should
be put under medical supervision. Prison would be an inebriate's home for him, and he would
urge the defendant when he came out to take the advice of his doctor and absolutely quit the
drink, as he did not know what his future might be. The mildest possible sentence was six
calendar months' imprisonment in the second division.'
Sir Henry Sacheverell Wilmot VC, 5th baronet and MP for Derbyshire South 1869-1885
Wilmot was a Captain in the 2nd Battalion of the Rifle Brigade during the Indian Mutiny, during
which conflict he was awarded the Victoria Cross. The citation, dated 24 December 1858,
reads:-
'Captain (now Brevet-Major) Henry Wilmot, Corporal W. Nash, and Private David Hawkes, for
conspicuous gallantry at Lucknow on the 11th of March, 1858. Captain Wilmot's company was
engaged with a large body of the enemy near the Iron Bridge. That officer found himself at the
end of a street with only four of his men, opposed to a considerable body. One of the four was
shot through both legs and became utterly helpless; the two men lifted him up, and although
Private Hawkes was severely wounded he carried him for a considerable distance, exposed to
the fire of the enemy, Captain Wilmot firing with [his] men's rifles, and covering the retreat of
the party.'
Sir Henry Hughes Wilson, 1st baronet
Wilson was an Anglo-Irish soldier whose career reached its culmination during the Great War.
In 1918, he was appointed Chief of the Imperial General Staff and was promoted to Field
Marshal in 1919. After retiring from the Army, he was returned to the House of Commons in
February 1922. Four months later, he was assassinated by two members of the Irish
Republican Army. The following report appeared in 'The Times' of 23 June 1922:-
'Field-Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, M.P., late Chief of the Imperial General Staff, was murdered
yesterday afternoon at the door of his London residence, 36, Eaton-place, S.W., by men who
fired at him at close range when he was about to enter his house.
'Two men, who are believed to be connected with the I.R.A., are under arrest.
'After the murder the assailants made desperate efforts to escape. Armed with large Service
revolvers, they kept up fire on their pursuers until they were overpowered.
'Two police constables and another man, a motor-car driver named Alexander Clarke, were
wounded.
'The murder was committed just after half-past 2. Sir Henry Wilson, wearing uniform, had earlier
in the afternoon unveiled the Great Eastern Railway War Memorial at Liverpool-street Station,
and he returned home in a taxi-cab. There was nothing in the quiet thoroughfares in the
neighbourhood of Eaton-square to suggest the imminence of a diabolical crime.
'Sir Henry Wilson's house stands at the corner of Eaton-place and Belgrave-place, the entrance
being in the latter thoroughfare. From the stories of eye-witnesses it would appear that Sir
Henry Wilson, on alighting from his cab, stepped across the pavement to his door and was in
the act of opening it when a shot was fired, apparently diagonally from near the kerb at the
corner of Eaton-place, only a few yards away. He instinctively ducked, and the bullet entered
the left upper panel of the door. Another shot followed. It is stated that with great intrepidity
the Field-Marshal turned towards his assailants, and according to one eye-witness he was
seen to grasp his sword as if he were about to draw it.
'Several shots were then fired, apparently from different directions, but at a few yard's range,
and Sir Henry Wilson was wounded in the body, arm, and leg. He fell on the pavement near his
own doorstep. Lady Wilson, who was at home, hearing the commotion, hurried to the door
and was terribly distressed to find what had happened. She was able, however, to assist in
getting Sir Henry carried into the house.
'The sound of the revolver shots brought a number of people to the scene, and the assailants,
both young men, one described as of stout build and the other as a cripple, having
accomplished their cowardly task, endeavoured to escape. Police whistles were blown, and an
exciting chase ensued. The police, however, were at a disadvantage, being unarmed, and it
was soon evident that the runaways meant to resist to the very last. They were apparently
well equipped with ammunition, and they were not slow to use it.
'From the scene of the outrage the assailants made off along Eaton-place and, according to
several eye-witnesses, they jumped into a taxicab which was coming from Lowndes-place,
but, for some reason, they alighted again, and continued towards Eaton-terrace. They kept
their pursuers back by turning every now and then and firing their revolvers, and for some
distance they walked backwards as they kept up an almost continuous fire. One of the men
sought to elude his pursuers by jumping into a victoria [a form of carriage], but after riding
for some distance he alighted again.
'The fugitives made for Eaton-terrace and the pursuit was continued along Eaton-terrace
into Chester-terrace where the men, still firing their revolvers, turned into South Eaton-
place and then into Ebury-street, where they were arrested.
'Police-constable March, who was hot in pursuit, received a serious wound as he was turning
into Eaton-terrace on the heels of the armed men. He was hit in the stomach, and blood-
stains on the pavement indicate that he had clung for support to some area railings before
staggering a few yards to the roadway, where he collapsed on a heap of sand, at a point
where the street is under repair. Roadmen engaged at work have stated that they were
alarmed by the sound of shots and the blowing of police whistles. They saw the fugitives, with
revolvers in their hands, and several shots were fired as they passed through Eaton-terrace.
'The continuous blowing of police whistles resulted in an ever-increasing crowd of pursuers,
and when Ebury-street was reached there were large reinforcements of police from Gerald-
road Police Station. Many constables who were off duty at the time joined in the pursuit in
their shirt sleeves. The police, with drawn batons, pressed forward, notwithstanding the
revolver fire, and when a part of Ebury-street had been traversed, a constable succeeded in
felling the smaller of the two men by throwing his truncheon at him with well-directed aim. The
other man was arrested almost simultaneously. It is stated that a milkman, who threw a milk
bottle at him, was responsible for this arrest. There was a short and sharp struggle between
him and the police, during which, it is said, the man was heard to plead for mercy. He was
soon overpowered and disarmed. The crowd assumed a hostile attitude towards the prisoners,
and had it not been for the efforts of the police they might have been lynched. The fugitives,
unknowingly, had followed a route which brought them quite close to Gerald-road police
station, to which they were speedily removed.'
The two men who shot Wilson were Reginald Dunne and Joseph O'Sullivan. Both were members
of the I.R.A. although O'Sullivan had fought in the British Army during the Great War, and had
lost a leg at Ypres, which accounts for the description of one of the men as a "cripple." Both
men were subsequently found guilty of Wilson's murder and were hanged on 10 August 1922.
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