Edward Ruggles-Brise

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Edward Archibald Ruggles-Brise, 1st Baronet MC DL (19 September 1882 – 12 May 1942) was a British Conservative Party politician.


Public service

He was magistrate and a Deputy Lieutenant for Essex from 1920.[1] In 1939 he was appointed as a Vice Lieutenant of Essex.[2]

Political career

He served as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Maldon constituency in Essex from 1922 until his death in 1942, with a brief interruption from 1923-24 when he narrowly lost the seat to his Labour opponent Valentine Crittall.

Ruggles-Brise was greatly interested in agricultural matters, serving on the Smallholdings Committee of Essex County Council and as Chairman of the Parliamentary Agricultural Committee.

Military career

From 1927, he commanded the 104th Essex Yeomanry Field Brigade R.A. of the Territorial Army.

Personal life

Ruggles-Brise was a landowner and was the owner of Spains Hall in Finchingfield, Essex, which had been inherited by his father, Archibald Weyland Ruggles-Brise, on the death of his own father, the politician Samuel Ruggles-Brise.

He married twice. Firstly to Agatha Gurney (1881–1937), daughter of John Henry Gurney Jr., a member of the Gurney family of Keswick Hall, Norfolk. Secondly to Lucy Barbara Pym MBE (1895–1979), daughter of Walter Ruthven Pym, Bishop of Bombay.

He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Colonel Sir John Archibald Ruggles-Brise, 2nd Baronet.

Honours and decorations

In the 1935 Jubilee Honours List, he was made a Baronet, of Spains Hall, in Essex.[3][4]


  1. Deputy Lieutenancy announced: "No. 31994". The London Gazette. 27 July 1920. p. 7867.
  2. Vice Lieutenancy announced: "No. 34627". The London Gazette. 19 May 1939. p. 3380.
  3. Baronetcy announced: "No. 34119". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 1934. p. 1.
  4. Letters patent granted: "No. 34130". The London Gazette. 5 February 1935. pp. 837–838.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir James Fortescue Flannery
Member of Parliament for Maldon
Succeeded by
Valentine Crittall
Preceded by
Valentine Crittall
Member of Parliament for Maldon
Succeeded by
Tom Driberg
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Spains Hall)
Succeeded by
John Ruggles-Brise

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