Sir William Miles, 1st Baronet

Sir William Miles, 1st Baronet

Sir William Miles, 1st Baronet (13 May 1797 – 17 June 1878) was an English politician. He was Tory Member of Parliament (MP) for Chippenham from 1818 to 1820, for New Romney from 1830 to 1832, and sat for East Somerset from 1834 to 1865 as a Conservative.

Miles was the son of Philip John Miles (1773 - 1845) by his first marriage to Maria Whetham (1776 - 1811), educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford he was chairman of Somerset Quarter Sessions for 35 years, partner in the family's bank, Miles & Co from 1845 to his death in 1878 and was commanded the North Somerset Yeomanry Cavalry as its Colonel. He was created Baronet on April 19th 1859, of Leigh Court, Somerset.

He married Catherine (1798 - 1869), daughter of John Gordon, on September 12th 1823, with whom he had the following children:-

* Sir Philip John William Miles, 2nd Baronet
* Maria Catherine Miles (1826 - 1909) who married Robert Charles Tudway, MP for Wells (UK Parliament constituency) and had issue.
* Agatha Miles (1827 - 1912) who married General Edward Arthur Somerset, CB, son of General Lord Edward Somerset, they had eight daughters and one son.
* Catherine Miles (1828 - 1911) who married General Sir Robert Onesiphorus Bright, GCB and had three sons and five daughters.
* Captain William Henry Miles, JP (1830 - 1888) who married Mary Frances Kynaston Charlton, daughter of Rev John Kynaston Charleton, they had two daughters.
* Emma Clara Miles (1830 - 1911) who married Reverend Hon James Walter Lascelles, son of Henry Lascelles, 3rd Earl of Harewood and had nine children.
* Captain Charles John William Miles (1832 - 1874) who served in the 5th Regiment of Foot and married Elizabeth Maria Lloyd, daughter of Rev Henry Lloyd, but had no children.
* Frances Harriett Miles (1835 - 1923) who married Sir William Augustus Ferguson Davie, 3rd Baronet, Senior Clerk to the House of Commons and grandson of General Sir Henry Ferguson Davie, 1st Baronet, they had five children.
* Florence Louisa Miles (1840 - 1862) who married The Reverend Francis Edmund Cecil Byng, 5th Earl of Strafford, Chaplain to Queen Victoria and had two children. She died after giving birth to their second child Edmund Byng, 6th Earl of Strafford.
* Arthur John William Whetham Miles (1841 - 1853).
* Harriott Ellin Miles (1841 - 1864) who married Robert Gurdon, 1st Baron Cranworth, MP for South Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency) and Mid Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency), JP, she died after giving birth to their only child, a daughter.
* Sir Henry Robert William Miles, 4th Baronet (1843 - 1915) who succeeded his nephew Sir Cecil Miles to the Baronetcy.

Sir William was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Philip (1825–1888), who was later an MP for East Somerset. He was uncle of Philip Napier Miles.


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