Sir Frederick Wills, 1st Baronet

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Frederick Wills
Member of Parliament
for Bristol North
In office
Preceded byLewis Fry
Succeeded byAugustine Birrell
Personal details
Born(1838-11-22)22 November 1838
Bristol, Gloucestershire
Died18 February 1909(1909-02-18) (aged 70)
Political partyLiberal Unionist
SpouseAnnie Hamilton
ChildrenGilbert Wills

Sir Frederick Wills, 1st Baronet (22 November 1838 – 18 February 1909) was a businessman, philanthropist and politician in the United Kingdom. He was a director of W. D. & H. O. Wills, a famous tobacco company headquartered in Bristol which later merged into the Imperial Tobacco Company.

Wills was educated at Amersham Hall[1] and served as the Liberal Unionist Member of Parliament (MP) for Bristol North from 1900 to 1906.[2][3] He was made a Baronet in 1897, of Northmoor in the County of Somerset, & Manor Heath in the County of Hampshire. He also served as the president of the Anchor Society in Bristol in 1882, and was a governor of Guy's Hospital in London until his death in 1909. The Wills Library at the GKT School of Medical Education is named in his honour; he was its primary benefactor.[4][5]


Frederick Wills was a son of Henry Overton Wills II & Isabella Board. He married Annie, daughter of Reverend James Hamilton, in 1867. He died in February 1909, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Gilbert,[1] who was created Baron Dulverton in 1929. Annie, Lady Wills, died in 1910. Sir Frederick's third son was Frederick Noel Hamilton Wills.

He was a brother of Henry Overton Wills III, Sir Edward Payson Wills, a half brother of Sir Frank William Wills, and a cousin of William Henry Wills Lord Winterstoke.

Seats - Northmoor, Dulverton, Somerset, & Manor Heath, Bournemouth.

London residence - 9 Kensington Palace Gardens, London.


  1. ^ a b "Sir Frederick Wills". Find a Grave. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Sir Frederick Wills". They work for you. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Frederick Wills
  4. ^ "27 Feb 1909 - SIR FREDERICK WILLS. - Trove". Western Mail. 27 February 1909.
  5. ^ "Universities and Colleges". The British Medical Journal. 2 (2219): 113–115. 1903. JSTOR 20277107.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Bristol North
Succeeded by
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Northmoor)
Succeeded by