Baron Dulverton, of Batsford in the County of Gloucester, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1929 for the businessman Sir Gilbert Wills, 2nd Baronet.[1] He was President of the Imperial Tobacco Company and also sat as a Conservative Member of Parliament for Taunton and Weston-super-Mare. The Wills Baronetcy, of Manor Heath in the Parish of Bournemouth in the County of Southampton, was created in 1897 for his father Frederick Wills.[2] He was a director of W. D. & H. O. Wills, which later merged into the Imperial Tobacco Company, and also represented Bristol North in Parliament as a Liberal Unionist. A member of the wealthy Bristol tobacco importing Wills family, he was the younger brother of Sir Edward Payson Wills, 1st Baronet, a half brother of Sir Frank William Wills Kt., and the cousin of William Wills, 1st Baron Winterstoke. In 1966 the Wills family contained the largest number of millionaires in the British Isles, with 14 members leaving fortunes in excess of one million pounds since 1910, totalling £55 million.[3] As of 2014 the titles are held by the first Baron's grandson, the third Baron, who succeeded his father in 1992.

The family seat is Batsford Park, near Batsford, Gloucestershire.

Wills baronets, of Manor Heath (1897)Edit

Barons Dulverton (1929)Edit

The heir apparent is the present holder's only son Hon. Robert Anthony Hamilton Wills (b. 1983) who is working for Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 33518". The London Gazette. 19 July 1929. p. 4762.
  2. ^ "No. 26823". The London Gazette. 16 February 1897. p. 900.
  3. ^ Guinness Book of Records, London, 1966, p.230