WILLES, Edward (1723-87), of Lincoln's Inn, London

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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28 May - 18 June 1747
1747 - 1754
21 Mar. 1767 - Jan. 1768

Family and Education

bap. 6 Nov. 1723, 2nd surv. s. of Sir John Willes, l.c.j. of common pleas 1737-61, by Margaret, da. of Charles Brewster of Worcester; bro. of John Willes.  educ. Worcester, Oxf. 1738; L. Inn 1741, called 1747.  m. 23 Sept. 1752, Anne, da. of Rev. Edward Taylor of Sutton, Wilts., 3s.

Offices Held

K.C. 1756; bencher L. Inn 1757; solicitor-gen. July 1766-Jan. 1768; justice of King’s bench Jan. 1768- d.


Willes was appointed solicitor-general by Chatham in July 1766, and a seat was found for him at Leominster.1 In November 1767 he canvassed Taunton against the general election; but in January 1768, when his office was required for Dunning, he was promoted to the bench.

He died 14 Jan. 1787.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. See PRICE, Chase.