The eldest son of a Truro banker, James Brydges Willyams studied at Bideford School, Devonshire and at St. John's College Cambridge (B.A. 1794). He was a lieutenant-colonel in the Cornwall Light Infantry-Militia before it was disbanded in 1816, and Justice of the Peace for Cornwall. A fragment entitled "Arthur" was left unfinished at his death.
Compendious treatise of modern education, &c. by the late Joel McCringer, D.D. etc; with coloured designs, delineated by J. B. W. 1804.
The influence of genius, a poem. 1816.