Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameSir William Cunliffe BROOKS 1st and last Bt
Birth1819
Death1900
FatherSamuel BROOKS (1792-1864)
Notes for Sir William Cunliffe BROOKS 1st and last Bt
Sir William Cunliffe Brooks, 1st Baronet (30 September 1819 – 9 June 1900) was an English barrister, banker and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1869 and 1892.

Brooks was the son of Samuel Brooks, a banker of Manchester and his wife Margaret Hall daughter of Thomas Hall.[1] After his education at Rugby and St John's College, Cambridge he was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1847.[2] He went on northern circuit until death of his father in 1864 when he became sole partner of Cunliffe Brooks and Co, Manchester. He opened Brooks and Co., 81 Lombard Street, London. He was a J.P. for Lancashire, Cheshire and Manchester, and Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire and Aberdeen.

In 1869 Brooks was elected at a by-election as a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for East Cheshire. He held the seat until it was divided under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885,[3] and at the 1885 general election he unsuccessfully contested the new Macclesfield division.[4] The baronetcy was conferred on him in 1886.[5] At the 1886 election he was elected as MP for Altrincham, holding the seat until he stood down at the 1892 general election.[6]
Brooks was a notable benefactor to the town of Sale, Cheshire and to Chorlton-cum-Hardy.[7] He had a major influence on the estate of Glen Tanar, near Aboyne in Aberdeenshire. At first he leased the estate from Charles Gordon, 11th Marquess of Huntly, who married his elder daughter. He then bought the estate in 1890. Brooks lavished money on Glen Tanar, building a large house, cottages for estate workers, a school, stables and kennels. He also installed numerous carved stones and memorials in the surrounding countryside, many of which make playful references to his name or celebrate the virtues of drinking water rather than alcohol.

Brooks died at Glen Tana (as he preferred to spell the name) at the age of 80.

Brooks married Jane Elizabeth Orrell, daughter of Ralph Orrell in 1842. They had no sons but two daughters.[9] (other children died in infancy). Their elder daughter, Amy, married Charles Gordon, 11th Marquis of Huntly. Their second daughter, Edith, married Lord Francis Horace Pierrepont Cecil, second son of William Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Exeter. They have many descendants in both England and America, including Sir James Cockburn, Lady Ethel Cecil, Diana Lewis and Isabella Overington. After the death of his wife, Brooks married secondly Jane Davidson, daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Davidson in 1879.[1]
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