Sir Hugh Williams, 8th Baronet

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Sir Hugh Williams, 8th Baronet (c. 1718–1794), was a British soldier and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1768 and 1794.

Williams was the son of Col. Griffith Williams of Arianws, near Llangelynin, Caernarvonshire and his wife Mary Williams and was born in 1718.

He entered the army in 1739 and was captain in the 34th Foot in 1744. He succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his cousin Sir Robert Williams, 7th Baronet in November 1745. [1] In 1756 he was a major in the 6th Foot and was at Minorca when the garrison was attacked in that year. In 1759 he was in a volunteer battalion in the 85th Foot. [2]|

Williams married Emma, the dowager Viscountess Bulkeley, widow of James Bulkeley, 6th Viscount Bulkeley on 28th June 1760. She was daughter of Thomas Rowlands of Caerau, Anglesey, but as her father disapproved of Williams, the marriage was kept secret. Correspondence indicates that Williams was becoming involved in politics in Beaumaris, partly in the interest of his stepson Thomas Bulkeley, but was handicapped by the secrecy of his marriage. In the course of these dealings he became Lt Colonel in the 53rd Foot in 1761 and became Constable of Beaumaris castle in July 1761. However his regiment was stationed in Gibraltar and he was ordered back there. He disliked the climate and wished to be transferred to a regiment at home. As this was refused he retired from the army on half-pay in December 1764 to take care of affairs at Beaumaris.[1]

In 1768 he was elected Member of Parliament for Beaumaris but made little contribution. His stepson Thomas Bulkeley joined him in parliament in 1774 and was encouraging him to take a greater interest. However he found parliamentary business tiresome and stood down in 1780. [1]

He was returned as MP for Beaumaris in a by-election in 1785 and retained the seat until his death on 19 August 1794. [1]

Williams had two sons and two daughters and was succeeded by his son Robert.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "WILLIAMS, Sir Hugh, 8th Bt. (1718-94), of Nant, Caern". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  2. ^ "WILLIAMS , Sir HUGH ( 1718 - 1794 ), soldier and Member of Parliament". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. Retrieved 20 August 2017.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Thelwall Price
Member of Parliament for Beaumaris
Succeeded by
Sir George Warren
Preceded by
Hon. Hugh Fortescue
Member of Parliament for Beaumaris
Succeeded by
Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Robert Williams, 7th Baronet
(of Penrhyn)
1745 –1794
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Williams, 9th Baronet