Henry Meysey-Thompson, 1st Baron Knaresborough
Henry Meysey Meysey-Thompson, 1st Baron Knaresborough (30 August 1845 – 3 March 1929) was a Liberal (and later Liberal Unionist) politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1880 and 1905 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Knaresborough.
Henry Meysey-Thompson, 1st Baron Knaresborough
Portrait of Meysey-Thompson by R. G. Eves, 1912
|Member of Parliament for Handsworth|
|Preceded by||Henry Samuel Wiggin|
|Succeeded by||Ernest Meysey-Thompson|
|Member of Parliament for Brigg|
|Preceded by||New constituency|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Danks Waddy|
|Member of Parliament for Knaresborough|
|Preceded by||Basil Thomas Woodd|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Collins|
|Born||15 September 1824|
|Died||15 December 1895 71) (aged|
|Political party||Liberal, Liberal Unionist|
Ethel Adeline Pottinger
(m. 1885; his death 1929)
|Parents||Sir Harry Meysey-Thompson, 1st Baronet|
Elizabeth Anne Croft
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
Meysey-Thompson was born at Kirby Hall, near Great Ouseburn, North Yorkshire, the son of Sir Harry Meysey-Thompson, 1st Baronet and his wife Elizabeth Anne Croft, daughter of Sir John Croft, 1st Baronet. His brothers, Albert and Charles won the FA Cup with the Wanderers in 1872 and 1873 respectively.
He became a private secretary to William Ewart Gladstone. In 1874, he succeeded to the Meysey-Thompson baronetcy which had been created for his father less than two months earlier. He was a J.P. for the North and West Ridings of Yorkshire, and captain in the Yorkshire Hussars Yeoman Cavalry.
At the 1880 general election Meysey-Thompson was elected Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Knaresborough, but his election was declared void on 23 July 1880. In 1885 he stood for parliament unsuccessfully at North Lincolnshire. At the 1885 general election he was elected MP for Brigg. However, in 1886, as one of the MPs who opposed Gladstone's Irish Home Rule Bill, he joined the breakaway Liberal Unionist Party, but was not re-elected.
Meysey-Thompson was elected MP for Handsworth (on the outskirts of Birmingham), at the 1892 general election and held that seat until he was ennobled on 26 December 1905 as Baron Knaresborough, of Kirkby Hall in the County of York.
Lord Knaresborough was chairman of the North Eastern Railway from 1912 to 1922.
On 21 April 1885, Meysey-Thompson married Ethel Adeline Pottinger (1864–1922), a daughter of Sir Henry Pottinger, 3rd Baronet. Around 1901, his wife was painted by the American portraitist John Singer Sargent. Henry and Ethel were the parents of one son and four daughters, including:
- Violet Ethel Meysey-Thompson (1886–1960), who married Alexander Moore Vandeleur. After his death, she married Sir Algar Howard.
- Claude Henry Meysey-Thompson (1887–1915), who died during World War I at Ypres from wounds received in action.
- Helen Winifred Meysey-Thompson (1889–1958), who married Richard Legh, 3rd Baron Newton (1888–1960).
- Doris Mary Pottinger Meysey-Thompson (1899–1953), who married Captain Francis Egerton, grandson of Royal Navy Admiral Francis Egerton
- Gwendolen Carlis Meysey-Thompson (1903–1989), who married Lt.-Col. Sir Charles Richmond Brown, 4th Baronet (1902–1995) in 1951. They divorced in 1968.
- Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early FA Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. SoccerData. p. 129. ISBN 1-899468-78-1.
- "Meysey-Thompson, Henry Meysey (THM863HM)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1886
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)
- "No. 27871". The London Gazette. 5 January 1906. p. 107.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)
- "Ethel Adeline (née Pottinger), Lady Knaresborough". www.npg.org.uk. National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
- Sargent, John Singer (2015). Delphi Complete Works of John Singer Sargent (Illustrated). Delphi Classics. p. 178. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
- "Helen Winifred Legh (née Meysey-Thompson), Lady Newton". www.npg.org.uk. National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
- Lundy, Darryl. "Sir Henry Meysey Meysey-Thompson". The Peerage. p. 1887 § 18867.
- Lundy, Darryl. "Captain Claude Henry Meysey Meysey-Thompson". The Peerage.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Henry Meysey-Thompson
- Portraits of Henry Meysey-Thompson, 1st Baron Knaresborough at the National Portrait Gallery, London
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Basil Thomas Woodd
| Member of Parliament for Knaresborough
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Brigg
Samuel Danks Waddy
Henry Samuel Wiggin
| Member of Parliament for Handsworth
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
Harry Stephen Meysey-Thompson
of Kirby Hall, Yorkshire
Algar de Clifford Charles Meysey-Thompson
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baron Knaresborough
John Lloyd Wharton
| Chairman of the North Eastern Railway
London and North Eastern Railway