Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of William Maxwell Evelyn Denison (1904-1972)

William was the only son of Alfred John Denison (1857-1943), and a grandson of Sir William Thomas Denison (1804-1871), colonial governor. He was educated at Royal Naval College, Osborne, and Oriel College, Cambridge.

Following the death in action of his cousin William F.E. Denison in 1918, Alfred John Denison became heir to the Ossington Hall estate in Nottinghamshire, subject to the life interest of W.F.E. Denison's mother Lady Elinor Denison. Lady Elinor conveyed her life interest in the whole of the estate apart from the Hall itself to William M.E. Denison in 1933.

William took an interest in local affairs and served as a J.P. for Nottinghamshire from 1936, Nottingham County Councillor 1937-46, and Southwell Rural District Councillor 1946-70, and was Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire in 1963. He served with the Notts Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers) in the Second World War and attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.


He married 1stly in 1930 Gladys Ellen Gatacre (div. 1946)

He married 2ndly in 1947, Pamela Miles

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.M.E. Denison's inheritance


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