Francis Willoughby, 2nd Baron Middleton

Francis Willoughby, 2nd Baron Middleton (4 October 1692 – 31 July 1758), was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1713 to 1727. He succeeded to a barony in the Peerage of Great Britain.

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham

He was born the eldest son of Thomas Willoughby, 1st Baron Middleton, and Elizabeth, the daughter and coheiress of Sir Richard Rothwell, 1st Bt. He was the brother of Hon. Thomas Willoughby, MP.

He was educated at Eton and at Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating MA in 1712.[1]

He was returned as Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire at the general elections of 1713 and 1715. At the 1722 general election he was returned as MP for Tamworth until 1727.[2]

He succeeded to the barony on his father's death in 1729, and inherited estates at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire (where he lived), and at Middleton Hall, Middleton, Warwickshire.[3]

He was High Steward of the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield from 1729.

He married Mary Edwards in 1723 by whom he had two sons, who succeeded in turn to the barony, and a daughter:[4]


  1. ^ "Willoughby, Francis (WLHY709F)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "WILLOUGHBY, Hon. Francis (1692–1758), of Wollaton, Notts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  3. ^ "2nd Baron Middleton Bio". Retrieved 3 January 2006.
  4. ^ "Willoughby pedigree 3". Retrieved 3 January 2006.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire
With: William Levinz
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Tamworth
With: Samuel Bracebridge 1722–1723
Richard Swinfen 1723–1727
George Compton 1727
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by High Steward of Sutton Coldfield
Succeeded by
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by Baron Middleton
Succeeded by