William Pollard was born on 19 June 1815 at Kinturk, Castlepollard, County Westmeath in Ireland. He died on 1 June 1871 at 19 Brunswick Terrace, Brighton. He was the eldest Child of William Dutton Pollard and his second wife, Louisa Anne Pakenham, a cousin of Lady Wellington. Pollard was educated at Harrow and at Trinity College, Cambridge; he graduated BA in 1838 and was awarded an MA in 1843. He studied at the Inner Temple, but was never called to the bar. In 1840 he was appointed as high sheriff of Westmeath in Ireland. He was also Liberal MP for Westmeath from 1852–7 and from 1859 to his death. On 20 August 1846 he married Mary Isabella Urquhart of Craigston Castle, Aberdeenshire, and by royal licence took the additional name of Urquhart.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.