BAYLY (afterwards WALLIS), Lewis (1775-1848), of Ilchester, Som. and Peterwell, Card.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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28 May 1799 - 1802

Family and Education

b. 1775, o.s. of Sir Nicholas Bayly, 2nd Bt., of Plas Newydd, Anglesey by 2nd w. Anne née Hunter; half-bro. of Nicholas Bayly† and Henry (Bayly) Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge. m. 3 June 1802, Frances, da. of Benjamin Wilson, portrait painter, of 56 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Mdx., wid. of Lt.-Col. Thomas Blacket Bosville of Gunthwaite, Yorks. and sis. of Sir Robert Thomas Wilson*, 1da. d.v.p. suc. Albany Wallis and took name of Wallis 17 Sept. 1800.

Offices Held

Cornet, 3 Drag. Gds. 1791; capt. 9 ind. co. Ft. 1793, 95 Ft. 1793, maj. 1794, lt.-col. 1795, half-pay 1798-1814; brevet col. 1805, maj.-gen. 1810, lt.-gen, 1819, gen. 1837.

Sheriff, Card. 1806-7.


Bayly’s father appointed his widow and Albany Wallis, the prominent London solicitor,1 guardians of the son of his old age. On 3 Sept. 1800 Wallis died leaving nearly the whole of his estate, valued between £70,000 and £80,000, to Lady Bayly for her life with remainder to Lewis, who accordingly changed his name to Wallis a fortnight later. He had been an army officer and was already in Parliament, having been returned on a vacancy for Ilchester, by arrangement with his guardian’s business partner Richard Troward, the proprietor, to whom Wallis apparently owed £30,000 towards the purchase of the borough at the time of his death.

Wallis made no mark in Parliament and did not seek re-election at the dissolution of 1802. In April he had disposed of his interest at Ilchester to Sir William Manners*, the price quoted being £53,000.2 He died 10 Aug. 1848, aged 73, on board his yacht.3

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne


  • 1. Gent. Mag. (1800), ii. 908; N. and Q. (ser. 12), iii. 155; PCC 691 Adderley.
  • 2. The Times , 12 Apr. 1802.
  • 3. Gent. Mag. (1848), ii. 445.