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Frederick Martin Williams

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Sir Frederick Martin Williams, Bart, M.P. (1830-1878)

1879 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK MARTIN WILLIAMS, Bart., M.P., was born in 1830, and succeeded his father, Sir William Williams of Tregullow, in March 1870.

He was elected M.P. for Truro in 1865, and sat for the borough for thirteen years.

In connection with different firms he was largely interested in almost all the main Cornish industries, including tin-smelting, clay works, the coal trade, tin and copper mining, and engineering; the latter as partner in the well known Perrin Foundry, one of the largest engineering works in Cornwall.

He was also connected with various banking and insurance companies, and was President of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association during one of its most successful years.

He died suddenly at Heanton, near Barnstaple, on 3rd September 1878, in the forty-eighth year of his age.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1872.

1879 Obituary [2]

MR FREDERICK MARTIN WILLIAMS, Bart., M.P., son of William Williams, of Tregallow, created a baronet in the year 1866, was born in January 1830.

He was educated at Winchester, and in 1858 married a daughter of the Rev. R. V. Law, Rector of Christian-Molford, Wiltshire. He was first elected to represent the Conservative interest in Truro in 1865, and succeeded his father in the baronetcy in March 1870.

He was a partner in the Cornish Bank, in the tin-smelting firm of W. P. and G. Williams, in the Williams’ Portreath Company, carrying on a large business in coal and other merchandise; a partner in Williams’ Perran Foundry Company, and in Williams’ Perran Company, and was largely interested in Cornish mines, and in the clayworks of the county. He was also connected with insurance companies, and a director of the Cornwall Railway Company.

He was president of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Society for the year 1877-78. As a Freemason, Sir F. M. Williams was well known and highly respected. In his own social circle he was looked upon as a man of taste and refinement, a patron of the fine arts, a princely host, and a generous friend of the poor.

He died rather suddenly, of apoplexy, when about to take part in a shooting expedition on his estate at Heanton, near Barnstaple, on the 3rd of September, 1878.

Sir Frederick M. Williams was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 9th of April, 1852.

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