WILLES, Edward (1723-87), of Lincoln's Inn, London.
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Family and Education
bap. 6 Nov. 1723, 2nd surv. s. of Sir John Willes, l.c.j. of common pleas, and yr. bro. of John Willes of Astrop, Northants. educ.Worcester, Oxf. 1738; L. Inn 1741, called 1747, bencher 1757. m. 23 Sept. 1752, Anne, da. of Rev. Edward Taylor of Sutton, Wilts., 3s.
K.C. 1756; solicitor-gen. 1766-8; serjeant-at-law 1768; justice of King’s bench 1768-d.
Edward Willes, who came into political life about the same time as his brother John, was brought in for Old Sarum by Thomas Pitt shortly before the general election of 1747, at which he was returned for Aylesbury on the Prince of Wales’s interest, being classed as Opposition. During a debate in February 1748, on a bill for transferring the summer assizes from Aylesbury to Buckingham, it was alleged by George Grenville that Willes’s father, the lord chief justice, had deliberately brought back the summer assizes to Aylesbury, holding them there himself