William Jolliffe (1745–1802)

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William Jolliffe (16 April 1745 – 20 February 1802) was a long-standing British Member of Parliament.


He was the eldest son of the politician John Jolliffe and his wife Mary, daughter of Samuel Holden. He was educated at Winchester College and Brasenose College, Oxford.[1]

Jolliffe was elected to the House of Commons for Petersfield in 1768, a seat controlled by his father, who died in 1771 leaving him a sitting patron. He held it until 1802.[1] He was a Lord of Trade from 1772 to 1779 and Lord of Admiralty during 1783.[2]

He bought the lease for his residence on King Street in 1772 for what he called "very cheap," but Edward Gibbon described the place as "excellent." After his death, his son Hylton sold it to Henry Francis Greville, who opened it as the Argyll Rooms.[3]


He married Eleanor Hylton, daughter and heir of Sir Richard Hylton, 5th Baronet, and Anne, sister and co-heiress of John Hylton, de jure 18th Baron Hylton. Jolliffe died in February 1802, aged 56, after falling through a trapdoor into a cellar at his home.[2] His wife died the same year. Their grandson William George Hylton Jolliffe became a prominent Conservative politician and was created Baron Hylton in 1866.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 [1] History of Parliament Online article.
  3. "The Argyll Rooms, Little Argyll Street" in the Survey of London: Volumes 31 and 32, originally published by London County Council, London, 1963. Online through British History Online.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Jolliffe
Richard Croftes
Member of Parliament for Petersfield
With: Welbore Ellis 1768–1774, 1791–1795
Sir Abraham Hume 1774–1780
Thomas Samuel Jolliffe 1780–1787
The Viscount Downe 1787–1790
George Augustus North 1790
Marquess of Titchfield 1790–1791
Charles Greville 1795–1796
Hylton Jolliffe 1796–1797
Sir John Sinclair 1797–1800
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Petersfield
With: Sir John Sinclair 1801–1802
Succeeded by
Hylton Jolliffe
William Draper Best