Sir William Ingram, 1st Baronet

Sir William James Ingram, 1st Baronet (27 October 1847 – 18 December 1924) was Managing Director of The Illustrated London News and a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons in three periods between 1878 and 1895.


Ingram was the son of Herbert Ingram and his wife Ann Little, daughter of William Little, of the Manor House, Eye, Northamptonshire. His father was the founder of The Illustrated London News, and had also been MP for Boston in Lincolnshire. Ingram was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was admitted at the Middle Temple on 12 April 1869, and at the Inner Temple on 15 January 1870 and was called to the bar at Inner Temple on 18 November 1872.[1] His father and brother died in a shipping accident on Lake Michigan in 1860 and Ingram eventually took over management of the Illustrated London News. He lived at Walton-on-Thames, Surrey and was a J.P. for Surrey and the Cinque Ports, Kent.

In 1874, Ingram was elected as MP for Boston and held the seat until 1880 when representation was suspended. He won the reconstituted seat in 1885 but lost it in the election of the following year. He regained the seat in 1892 but lost it again three years later in 1895.[2] Ingram was created baronet on 9 August 1893.[3]

Ingram later lived at Tayside, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent at the age of 77.

Ingram married in 1874, Mary Eliza Collingwood Stirling, daughter of Australian politician Edward Stirling of 34, Queen's Gardens, Hyde Park, and of Adelaide, South Australia.[4][5] His son Herbert succeeded to the baronetcy.[6] Another son was Collingwood Ingram.


  1. ^ "Ingram, William James (INGN866WJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)
  3. ^ "No. 26430". The London Gazette. 8 August 1893. p. 4521.
  4. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 2, pg 2048
  5. ^ Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1886
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's list of baronets

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Malcolm
Thomas Collins
Member of Parliament for Boston
With: Thomas Parry 1874–1874
John Malcolm 1874–1878
Thomas Garfit 1878–1880
Representation suspended
Preceded by
Representation resumed
Member of Parliament for Boston
Succeeded by
Henry Farmer-Atkinson
Preceded by
Henry Farmer-Atkinson
Member of Parliament for Boston
Succeeded by
William Garfit
Baronetage of Great Britain
New creation Baronet
(of Swineshead Abbey)
Succeeded by
Sir Herbert Ingram, Bt