William Wollaston (Ipswich MP elected 1768)
Colonel William Wollaston (1731, Finborough Hall, Great Finborough, Suffolk – 10 November 1797, Bath) was M.P. for Ipswich between 1768 and 1784. Before gaining his position in Parliament, he served as colonel of the Eastern Battalion in the Suffolk Militia. He was married to Blanche, daughter of Robert Hyde Page and sister of Sir Thomas-Hyde Page.
He was also close with 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 at Finborough to Roger Pettiward (d.1833) whose family owned the neighbouring estate at Onehouse.
His father, William Wollaston was also MP for Ipswich.
- John Bernard Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain (1863) p. 1689
- John Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the Eighteenth Century (1817) p. 834
- Augustine Page, John Kirby, A supplement to The Suffolk traveller [of J. Kirby] (Ipswich, 1844) p. 536
- Bookplate of William Wollaston Rare Books of the Shimeon Brisman Collection in Jewish Studies, Washington University
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