Sir John Willes

29th Nov 1685 - 15th Dec 1761


Judge, MP for Launceston, Weymouth and Melcombe Regis and West Looe between 1724 and 1737. He inherited a moiety of Blubber Valley as beneficiary of a trust under the will of Robert Pearne (proved 04/04/1757): it is not clear what the connection between the two men was.


Romney R. Sedgwick, 'Willes, John (1685-1761)', History of Parliament online, accessed 03/09/2015; Vere Langford Oliver, History of Antigua Vol. III p. 17.

Further Information

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John Willes

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1757 [SY] - 1761 [EY] → Tenant-for-life

Willes was left a moiety of the estate for life by Robert Pearne in 1757, with his son John Willes as tenant-in-tail.

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Astrop House [Built] 
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Astrop House, Northamptonshire, Grade II* country house built c. 1740 by Sir John Willes. Additions 1805 by Soane for Rev. W.S....

Political (1)

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Launceston Cornwall
1724 - 1726
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Weymouth and Melcombe Regis Dorset
1726 - 1727
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West Looe Cornwall
1727 - 1737

Relationships (1)

Legatee → Testator