Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of William Frank Evelyn Denison (1878-1918)

William was the only son of William Evelyn Denison (1843-1916) of Ossington Hall, Nottinghamshire, and his wife Lady Elinor, née Amherst (1850-1899). He was educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford, and then entered the Inner Temple and trained as a barrister.

He inherited Ossington Hall in 1916, and was a J.P. for Nottinghamshire, and a Lieutenant in the Notts (Sherwood Rangers) Imperial Yeomanry. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Notts and Derby Regiment (Sherwood Foresters) during the First World War, and died of wounds sustained in action in March 1918.

In his will he left his estates to his mother for her life. She conveyed her life interest in the whole of the estate apart from the Hall itself to the heir in expectation, W.F.E. Denison's cousin William M.E. Denison, in 1933.


He was unmarried.

Archive Collections

  • Papers of Lee and Pemberton, Solicitors (DL), held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham: Legal papers, accounts and correspondence concerning trust arrangements arising from the death of Viscount Ossington, and W.F.E. Denison's inheritance


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