William Baliol Brett, 1st Viscount Esher

Is your surname Brett?

Research the Brett family

William Baliol Brett, 1st Viscount Esher's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


William Baliol Brett

Birthdate: (84)
Death: 1899 (84)
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Joseph George Brett and Dorothy Best
Husband of Eugenie, Viscountess Esher
Father of Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher, GCB, GCVO and Eugenie Violet Adele Ward

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
Last Updated:

About William Baliol Brett, 1st Viscount Esher

William Baliol Brett, 1st Viscount Esher PC, QC (13 August 1817 – 24 May 1899), known as Sir William Brett between 1868 and 1883, was a British lawyer, judge and Conservative politician. He was briefly Solicitor-General under Benjamin Disraeli and then served as a justice of the Court of Common Pleas between 1868 and 1876, as a Lord Justice of Appeal between 1876 and 1883 and as Master of the Rolls. He was raised to the peerage as Baron Esher in 1885 and further honoured when he was made Viscount Esher on his retirement in 1897.

Brett was a son of the Reverend Joseph George Brett, of Chelsea, London, by Dorothy, daughter of George Best, of Chilston Park, Boughton Malherbe, Kent. He was educated at Westminster School, King's College London and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.[2] Brett rowed for Cambridge University Boat Club against Leander Club in 1837 and 1838, then in the victorious Cambridge crew against Oxford University in the 1839 Boat Race.

view all

William Baliol Brett, 1st Viscount Esher's Timeline