Sir William Cuthbert Quilter, 1st Baronet (29 January 1841 – 18 November 1911) was an English stock broker, art collector and Liberal/Liberal Unionist politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885–1906.
Quilter was born at Finsbury, the son of William Quilter and his wife Elizabeth Harriet Cuthbert. His father was a prominent accountant with the firm of Quilter, Ball & Co and was instrumental in the foundation of the Institute of Accountants.
Quilter was educated privately. He became a stockbroker and was eventually head the firm of Quilter Balfour & Co. He was an art collector, and one of the founders of the National Telephone Company. He was commodore of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club and a member of the council of the Yacht Racing Association.
Quilter built Bawdsey Manor in 1886 and established a steam powered chain ferry (Bawdsey Ferry) in 1894 to cross the River Deben and provide access to Felixstowe railway station which ran until 1931. He enlarged the manor house in 1895 He also owned Hintlesham Hall. Quilter was created a baronet on 13 September 1897.
Quilter married Mary Ann Bevington in 1867. Their eldest son Sir Cuthbert Quilter succeeded to the baronetcy and was also MP for Sudbury. Another son Roger Quilter was a composer. Quilter's brother Harry was an eminent art critic. Quilter died at the age of 70.
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1885 – 1906
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(of Bawdsey Manor)
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