Willoughby Jones

Sir Willoughby Jones 3rd Baronet (24 November 1820 – 21 August 1884) was a Norfolk landowner and an English Conservative Party politician. He was briefly Member of Parliament (MP) for the Cheltenham constituency.

Jones was the second son of Major-General John Thomas Jones, who had earlier fought in the Peninsula, and his wife Catherine Lawrence. He received his education at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1843 with BA.[1] The Jones baronetcy was created in 1831 for his father, who died in 1843. Willoughby Jones inherited the baronetcy from his brother Lawrence, who was murdered in Turkey in 1845.[2]

In July 1847 he won the seat of Cheltenham by a majority of 108; however, he was unseated by petition in May 1848. He was a member of the Canterbury Association from 27 March 1848.[1] He lived at Cranmer Hall near Fakenham in Norfolk where in 1860 he had to order the felling of the Bale Oak. He was appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1851.[3]

On 15 April 1856, he married his cousin Emily Taylor Jones, the daughter of Henry Taylor-Jones (1790–1860), who was his father's half-brother.[1] Their daughter Maud was deaf and subject to the interest of Alexander Graham Bell, whose initial research on the telephone was to improve communication with the deaf. The Right Reverend Herbert Jones, second son of the third Baronet, was suffragan Bishop of Lewes. Jones passed the baronetcy to his eldest son when he died on 21 August 1884.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Blain, Rev. Michael (2007). The Canterbury Association (1848-1852): A Study of Its Members’ Connections (PDF). Christchurch: Project Canterbury. pp. 49–50. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  2. ^ Vetch, R. H. (1892). "Jones, Sir John Thomas, first baronet (1783–1843), army officer". Dictionary of National Biography Vol. XXX. Smith, Elder & Co. Retrieved 23 March 2013. The first edition of this text is available at Wikisource: "Jones, John Thomas" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  3. ^ "No. 21181". The London Gazette. 11 February 1851. p. 363.
  • Alexander Graham Bell The Question of Sign-Language and the utility of signs in the instruction of the deaf (1898)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Craven Berkeley
Member of Parliament for Cheltenham
1847–1848 by-election
Succeeded by
Craven Berkeley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Edward Roger Pratt
High Sheriff of Norfolk
Succeeded by
Frederick William Irby
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lawrence Jones
(of Cranmer Hall)
Succeeded by
John Jones

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