Sir William Thomas Makins, 1st Baronet (16 March 1840 – 2 February 1906) was a barrister and Conservative politician.
Makins was the eldest son of Charles Makins of St. Mark's, Woodhouse, Leeds. He was educated at Harrow School, and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1862 and went on the Midland Circuit. His directorships included the Great Eastern Railway, and the Gas Light and Coke Company. He was Honorary Colonel of the First Essex Artillery Volunteers, a J.P. for Oxfordshire and Essex, and a Deputy Lieutenant for Essex and the City of London'
Makins stood unsuccessfully for parliament at Kidderminster in 1868. In 1874 he was elected Member of Parliament for South Essex. He held the seat until the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 when he was elected for South East Essex. In 1886, he was elected instead at Walthamstow and held the seat until 1892. He was created baronet of Rotherfield Court, Henley-on-Thames on 9 January 1903.
Makins died at the age of 65.
Makins married Elizabeth Simpson in 1861. Their daughter Mary married Sir Eugene Clauson, and their third son Paul succeeded to the baronetcy and became Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir William Makins
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for South Essex
1874 – 1885
With: Thomas Baring
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for South East Essex
1885 – 1886
Edward North Buxton
|Member of Parliament for Walthamstow
1886 – 1892
Edmund Widdrington Byrne