WILLES, John (?1721-84), of Astrop, Northants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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26 Nov. 1746 - 1754
1754 - 1761

Family and Education

b. ?1721, 1st surv. s. of Sir John Willes, l.c.j. of common pleas 1737-61, and bro. of Edward Willes.  educ. Worcester, Oxf., 3 Mar. 1738, aged 16; L. Inn 1734.  m. 15 July 1754, Frances, da. and h. of Thomas Freke, Bristol merchant, 1s. 3da.  suc. fa. 15 Dec. 1761.

Offices Held

Filazer for Mdx. in court of common pleas 1752- d.


In 1754 Willes was returned unopposed for Aylesbury, where his family had an interest. Newcastle wrote to William Murray on 28 Sept. 1754 that Chief Justice Willes had ‘given himself and his son to me, and desires as a favour that his son may second the Address’.1 In the event Willes did not do so, and there is no record of his speaking in this Parliament.

In 1761 he contested Bridgwater on a joint interest with Robert Balch, but was defeated.

He died 24 Nov. 1784.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Add. 32736, ff. 591-4.