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Francis Willis (August 17, 1718 – December 5, 1807) was a physician, famous for his treatment of George III.


After an undergraduate career at Lincoln College, Oxford and St Alban's Hall, he was elected a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford in 1740 and was ordained as a priest; he was Rector of the College living of Wapping 1748-1800. He resigned his Fellowship in 1750, as he had to do on marriage.


Francis married Mary Curtois, daughter of John Curtois, Rector of Branston, on 23rd December 1749 in All Saints' Church Branston.


His chief interest was medicine, and he received the degrees of Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine from Oxford in 1759. He served as a hospital physician in Lincoln, where his success with the mentally ill led to him treating such patients in his own home. When George III had his first attack of madness (often now identified as porphyria) in 1788 Willis was recommended to the Queen by an equerry's wife, whose mother he had treated successfully.


Willis' reputation has been revived by Alan Bennett's play The Madness of George III and its film adaptation, The Madness of King George.

Dr Francis Willis..

The carved bagpipes found on the 15th century pews situated in the centre aisle.

The rural country bagpipe existed in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and many more counties besides.