William Cain

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Sir William Ernest Cain, 1st Baronet, JP (7 May 1864 – 5 May 1924) was an English brewer and philanthropist.[1]

Cain was the son of Robert Cain, who had founded a large brewing empire, Robert Cain & Sons Ltd. He was educated at Winwick Priory.[2] The family firm was taken over as joint managing directors by William Cain and his brother, Charles Nall-Cain, who continued to develop the business.

During the First World War, Cain donated his old home, Wilton Manor at West Kirby, to the government as a convalescent hospital for officers and paid for its conversion and equipment. He also donated money to many other war charities. For these services, he was knighted in 1917[2] and created a baronet in the 1920 New Year Honours.[3][4]

Cain married Florence Roberts in 1886.[2] They had a son and a daughter. He died in 1924 at the age of sixty and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his only son, Ernest.


  1. ^ Obituary, The Times, 7 May 1924
  2. ^ a b c Biography, Who Was Who
  3. ^ "No. 31712". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1919. p. 2. 
  4. ^ "No. 31830". The London Gazette. 19 March 1920. p. 3432.