Wilson Gale-Braddyll

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Wilson Gale-Braddyll (baptised 24 February 1756 – 19 November 1818) was a British Member of Parliament.

He was born Wilson Gale, the eldest son of John Gale of Highhead Castle, Cumberland by Sarah, only child of Christopher Wilson of Bardsea Hall, Urswick. Through his mother Wilson Gale was to become representative of the family of Braddyll of Conishead Priory near Ulverston, and in consequence he added that name to his own in 1776. The same year he married his second cousin Jane, only child of Matthias Gale of Catgill Hall, Cumberland, by Jane, daughter of Rev. Dr. Thomas Bennett.[1]

Gale-Braddyll was High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1778, MP for Lancaster 1780–84 and for Carlisle 1790. In 1803 he was appointed colonel in the 3rd Royal Lancashire, or Prince Regent's Own, Regiment of Militia; and Groom of the Bedchamber to the Prince Regent (the King had retired to Windsor mentally ill) in 1812.

Members of the family were painted several times by Joshua Reynolds in 1788 and 1789. A full-length group portrait of Wilson and Jane with their son Thomas is now held by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, while a portrait of Mrs. Bradyll hangs in the Wallace Collection.

As well as Thomas (later Thomas Richmond-Gale-Braddyll) the couple had three married daughters. Mrs. Braddyll survived her husband for a little under a year, dying 6 November 1819. They are commemorated by a memorial inscription in Ulverston church.


  1. "Richmond-Gale-Bradyll formerly of Highhead and Conishead Priory". Burke's Landed Gentry, 18th edition.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir George Warren
Lord Richard Cavendish
Member of Parliament for Lancaster
With: Abraham Rawlinson
Succeeded by
Captain Francis Reynolds
Abraham Rawlinson
Preceded by
Jeremiah Crutchley
Philip Metcalfe
Member of Parliament for Horsham
With: Timothy Shelley
Succeeded by
Lord William Gordon
James Baillie
Preceded by
James Clarke Satterthwaite
Edward Knubley
Member of Parliament for Carlisle
With: John Christian Curwen
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Fletcher-Vane, Bt
John Christian Curwen