Mary Wills (philanthropist)

Mary Wills (philanthropist)

Dame Mary Monica Cunliffe, Mrs. Wills, DBE, D.GSt.J (died 2 April 1931) was a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and Dame of Grace, Order of St John of Jerusalem.[1] She received these honours for her philanthropy.


Early years

She was born around 1861, the daughter of Sir Francis Philip Cunliffe-Owen and Jenny von Reitzenstein, at Kensington, London. Around 1886 she married Henry Herbert Wills; the union was apparently childless. She had resided at Rockdunder, Wrington, Somerset, and it was there that she died on 2 April 1931.


Her will read, in part: "... widow of Henry Herbert Wills (of the tobacco family, who left property valued at over £2,750,000, of which two-fifths was absorbed in death duties, and the bulk of the balance disposed of for charitable Purposes), and daughter of the late Sir Philip Cunliffe-Owen, left unsettled property in her own disposition valued for probate at £204,086, with net personalty £185,890. (Part of her will included the following:) Her residence Rockdunder and effects there and all her real estate at Wrington, Somerset, to her niece, Enid Monica McGougan. Her household and personal effects at St. Vincent's, Clifton Park, and £4,000 to her sister, Olga Cunliffe Hopkinson; and a further £4,000 to her [sister Olga's] husband, Albert Hopkinson."[2]

External links


  1. ^ Profile
  2. ^ Biodata and will information

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