Wills was the second son of William Wills, JP, of
Edgbaston, Birmingham, and of his wife Sarah Wills, a daughter of Jeremiah Ridout. He was educated at a school in Edgbaston and at University College London, where he held exhibitions and scholarships in Mathematics, Classics and Law, graduating BA in 1849 and LLB in 1851.
Wills was called to the bar as a
barristerfrom the Middle Templein 1851 and took silk as a Queen's Counselin 1872. He was first Recorder of Sheffield, 1881-84; a Judge of the Queen's and King's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice, 1884-1905, President of the Railway and Canal Commission, 1888-1893, and Treasurer of the Middle Temple, 1892-1893.
During his career as a judge, Alfred Wills notably presided over the trial in which
Oscar Wildewas convicted for "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons".
With his father
William Wills, he co-authored "An essay on the principles of circumstantial evidence : illustrated by numerous cases" (1905), still a standard text often cited.
Wills's ascent of the
Wetterhornin 1854, which he mistakenly believed was the first, marked the beginning of the so-called golden age of alpinism. From that time on, climbing as sport became fashionable.
He was the third President of the
Alpine Clubfrom 1863-1865.
A mountain refuge in Chamonix still bears his name.
*"Wanderings among the High Alps"
*"The Eagle's Nest"
*"Wills on Circumstantial Evidence" (ed.)
*"Rendu's Théorie des Glaciers de la Savioe" (translation)
*Privy Councillor, 1905
Wills married firstly, in 1854, Lucy, daughter of George Martineau. She died in 1860, and in 1861 he married secondly Bertha, daughter of Thomas Lombe Taylor, of
Starston, Norfolk. His second wife died in 1906. He had three sons and two daughters.
* [http://www.xreferplus.com/entry.jsp?xrefid=6208844 WILLS, Rt Hon. Sir Alfred] at Who Was Who 1897-2006 online at Credo Reference (accessed 6 January 2008)
* [http://content.cdlib.org/xtf/view?docId=ft409nb30v&chunk.id=d0e5119&toc.depth=1&toc.id=d0e4627&brand=eschol A good explanation of "An essay on the principles of circumstantial evidence" and its importance]
* [http://www.refuge-wills.com/wills_welcome.htm Refuge Alfred Wills]
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