William Wollaston (Ipswich MP elected 1768)

William Wollaston MP
Finborough Hall, Suffolk

Colonel William Wollaston (1731, Finborough Hall, Great Finborough, Suffolk – 10 November 1797, Bath) was a British M.P. for Ipswich between 1768 and 1784.[1]

He was born the eldest son of William Wollaston, MP and his wife Elizabeth Faquier and educated at Bury St Edmunds Grammar School.

Before gaining his position in Parliament, he served as colonel of the Eastern Battalion in the Suffolk Militia. He was a close friend of artist Thomas Gainsborough, with whom he shared a love of music. Gainsborough painted Wollaston's portrait in about 1758. In 1794 to pay off a gambling debt Wollaston sold the family estate of Finborough Hall to Roger Pettiward (d.1833), whose family owned the neighbouring estate at Onehouse.

He was married to Blanche, daughter of Robert Hyde Page and sister of Sir Thomas-Hyde Page. [2] They had no children.


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Francis Vernon
Thomas Staunton
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Thomas Staunton
Succeeded by
William Middleton
John Cator