Albert Rollit

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"municipal corporations". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1886.

Sir Albert Kaye Rollit (1842 – 12 August 1922) was a British politician, lawyer, and businessman.

Career[edit]

Born in Hull, he became a solicitor and went on to become president of the Law Society. He later became a shipowner. In 1886 he was elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for the South Islington constituency. In 1892 he put forward a private member's bill in favour of women's suffrage, which failed narrowly. Having opposed Chamberlain's Tariff Reform proposals, he was defeated in the 1906 general election, and failed to get elected as a Liberal in Epsom in 1910. As a businessman he was well known on the Continent of Europe and acted as consul-general for Romania from 1911 until his death. He was also a magistrate in Berkshire, where he resided at Sutherland Grange at Dedworth, adjoining Windsor, with his second wife.

He received the honorary degree Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the Victoria University of Manchester in February 1902, in connection with the 50th jubilee celebrations of the establishment of the university.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Rollit married twice. His second wife was Mary, dowager Duchess of Sutherland. He was her third husband. In 1898 her jewellery, then valued at £30,000, was stolen by international jewel-thief William Johnson, known as 'Harry the Valet'.[2] Johnson stole the jewellery while she was travelling by train from Paris to London with her husband, (Rollit), her brother, his wife and the Duchess's footman and maid. The case was investigated by Inspectors Walter Dew, Walter Dinnie and Frank Froest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University intelligence" The Times (London). Saturday, 1 March 1902. (36704), p. 12.
  2. ^ Duncan Hamilton (2011). The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet. Century. pp. 181–183. ISBN 978-1-84-605813-4. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Spicer
Member of Parliament for Islington South
18861906
Succeeded by
Thomas Wiles
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett
Chairman of the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations
1889
Succeeded by
Frederick Dixon-Hartland