William Wingfield (MP)
|Member of Parliament|
|Preceded by||Josias du Pre Porcher|
|Succeeded by||Sir William Oglander, 6th Baronet|
Mickleham, Surrey, England
21 March 1858|
Lady Charlotte-Maria Digby;|
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
William's brother, George Wingfield, Lord of Akeld, later took the surname Sparrow to comply with the will of a great uncle. The other siblings included three sisters:
- Anne (married Rev. Thomas Henry Hume,Canon of Salisbury, in 1793),
- Elizabeth (married John James in 1797),
- and Mary (married John Basset in 1790).
William's paternal grandfather, also named William Wingfield, owned property in Cleadon.
He entered Christ Church, Oxford in 1789, and received a B.A. degree in 1792. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1792 and called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn five years later. His early practise was as an equity draftsman, in all likelikhood because of the Inn's historical association with the Court of Chancery.
Wingfield served for a short time as a member of parliament for Bodmin during the period of 1806 to 1807 alongside Davies Gilbert. In 1818, he became a Bencher, and was appointed King's Counsel. Eight years later, he was a proprietor (one of 700) of the Russell Institution, a school of literature and science in Victorian London. Wingfield became Chief Justice of the Brecon Circuit. He was appointed Master in Chancery in 1824 upon the death of Sir John Simeon, 1st Baronet.
In 1796, he married Lady Charlotte-Maria (died 1807), eldest daughter of Henry Digby, 1st Earl Digby by whom he had several children, including:
- George Digby (who succeeded to the estates of the Earl Digby)
- John Digby
- Caroline (who married Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham),
- Frances Eliza
- Richard Baker Wingfield-Baker, a MP for South Essex
- Charles John Wingfield Member of Parliament for Gravesend,
- William Wriothesley Digby (Vicar of Gulval)
- Kenelm Digby
Wingfield legally changed his surname to Wingfield-Baker in 1849 by Royal licensure after his inheritance of Orsett Hall. The inheritance occurred by will when Richard Baker left his estate, Orsett Hall, to his brother's nephew by marriage to Lady St Aubyn (née Elizabeth Wingfield).
Thomas Creevey described Wingfield as 'the most successful humbug simpleton I have known all my life'.
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