Sir William Young, second baronet, studied at Eton, and University College, Oxford (1768) before embarking on a tour to Europe that included Sicily and Greece. He represented St. Mawes in Parliament (1784-1806) where he was an ally of William Pitt. He was F.R.S. (1786) and F.S.A. (1791) and secretary to the Association for promoting Discovery of Interior Parts of Africa, and governor of Tobago (1807-1815). A volume of Young's poems was privately printed in Barbados (1814).
A journal of a summer's excursion, by the road of Montecasino to Naples, and from thence over all the southern parts of Italy, Sicily, and Malta; in the year MDCCLXXII. 1774?
The spirit of Athens, being a political and philosophical investigation of the history of that republic. 1777.
The history of Athens politically and philosophically considered, with the view to an investigation of the immediate causes of elevation, and of decline, operative in a free and commercial state. 1786.
Observations preliminary to a proposed amendment of the poor laws. 1788.
The speech of Sir William Young, Bart., delivered in Parliament on the subject of the slave-trade. 1791.
The rights of Englishmen; or the British constitution of government, compared with that of a democratic republic. 1793.
Considerations on the subject of poor-houses and work-houses. 1796.
Instructions for the armed yeomanry. 1797.
Corn trade. An examination of certain commercial principles, in their application to agriculture. 1800.
The West Indian commonplace book. 1807.