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