Francis Willey, 1st Baron Barnby

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This article is about the 1st Baron Barnby. For his son, Francis Vernon Willey, see Vernon Willey, 2nd Baron Barnby.
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Francis Willey, 1st Baron Barnby (27 February 1841 – 16 February 1929) was an English wool merchant.

Willey was born in Bradford and joined his father's wool business, which later became Francis Willey & Co Ltd and had agencies all over the Dominions and the United States. Willey was also a great horseman, huntsman and racehorse owner. He was created Baron Barnby in the 1922 New Year Honours.[1]

Willey was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant in the 2nd West Riding of Yorkshire Artillery Volunteers in December 1874.[2] He was promoted Major in May 1888[3] and resigned in April 1891.[4]

His seat was Blyth Hall, Nottinghamshire. He was appointed High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 1908. He was succeeded in the barony by his only son, Vernon.