Sir William Hillary, 1st Baronet
(4 January 1771 – 5 January 1847) was an English
soldier, author and philanthropist
, best known as the founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
A Yorkshire Quaker
by descent, the son of Richard Hillary and his wife, Hannah Wynne For an account of his family background, see Journal of the Friends Historical Society
vol. 60, No.3 pp157-179 "Quakers of Countersett and their legacy" by Christopher Booth.
He spent two years, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
article by Thomas Seccombe, ‘Hillary, Sir William, first baronet (1770–1847)’, rev. Sinéad Agnew, 2004; online edn, May 2005 accessed 8 June 2007as an Equerry
to Prince Augustus Frederick
, the young son of George III, his duties included sailing with the prince in the Mediterranean
, where William Hillary learned his basic seamanship and navigation skills
Hillary married Essex
-born heiress Frances Elizabeth Disney Ffytche (or Fytche) on 21 February 1800. In the same year, their twins were born, a son, Augustus William Hillary (d. 30 December 1855)).
However, Hillary's religious background did not meet with the approval of his wife's father, but Hillary still spent his wife’s inheritance (some £20,000) on creating England’s largest private army, put at the service of King George III
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