William Hughes, 1st Baron Dinorben

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William Lewis Hughes, 1st Baron Dinorben (10 November 1767 – 10 February 1852), was a British copper mine owner, philanthropist and Whig politician.

Hughes was the son of Reverend Edward Hughes, of Kinmel Hall, Denbighshire, and Mary, daughter of Robert Lewis, Rector of Trefdraeth. Mary had inherited the Llysdulas estate on Anglesey from her uncle, including Parys Mountain, which later became the largest copper mine in Europe and gained the Hughes family great wealth.[1] The Kinmel estate in Denbighshire was acquired by Reverend Edward Hughes in 1786.[2]

William Lewis Hughes was returned to parliament as one of two representatives for Wallingford in 1802, a seat he held until 1831.[3] The latter year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Dinorben, of Kinmel in the County of Denbigh.[4] He was also a philanthropist and notably founded a free school for local girls at Kinmel.[2]

Lord Dinorben died in February 1852, aged 74, and was succeeded in the barony by his younger but only surviving son, William. William was disabled and the title became extinct on his early death only eight months after succeeding in the title. Kinmel was passed on to the late Baron's cousin, Hugh Robert Hughes, who became known as "HRH", a reflection of his grand lifestyle.[2]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Francis Sykes, Bt
The Lord Eardley
Member of Parliament for Wallingford
With: Sir Francis Sykes, Bt 1802–1804
George Galway Mills 1804–1806
Richard Benyon 1806–1812
Ebenezer Fuller Maitland 1812–1820
George James Robarts 1820–1826
Robert Knight 1826–1831
Succeeded by
Robert Knight
Thomas Leigh
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Dinorben
Succeeded by
William Lewis Hughes