Friday, 4 May 2007

Sir Samuel Wilson

Sir Samuel Wilson (1832-1895), Hughenden Manor
«From the Earl of Beaconfiled's Library»

Born at Ballycloughan, County Antrim, Ireland, son of Samuel Wilson, farmer and landowner, and his wife Mary, née Singley. In 1861, in Melbourne, he married Jean, daughter of William Campbell.

In 1852 immigrated with is brothers to Victoria, Australia where he lived working in mines and then in sheep farming. After having built a considerable fortune he retired to England in 1881, having leased
Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, former country house of prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield. His son Lieut.-colonel Gordon Chesney Wilson married Lady Sarah Isabella Churchill, sister of Lord Randolph Churchill and a daughter, Maud Wilson, married the 14th Earl of Huntingdon.

Sir Samuel was M.P. Portsmouth in 1886-92.

Sources: see, detailed biography at
Australian Dictionary of Biography with bibliography and
Hughenden Manor gardens

Oliver Garnett, Hughenden Manor, National Trust Guidebooks.

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