Charles Stuart-Wortley, 1st Baron Stuart of Wortley

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Stuart of Wortley
PC
Charles Stuart-Wortley, Vanity Fair, 1886-09-11.jpg
"Sheffield". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1886.
Under-Secretary of State
for the Home Department
In office
30 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by Henry Fowler
Succeeded by Henry Broadhurst
In office
4 August 1886 – 11 August 1892
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by Henry Broadhurst
Succeeded by Herbert Gladstone
Personal details
Born 15 September 1851 (1851-09-15)
Died 24 April 1926 (1926-04-25)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Beatrice Trollope (d. 1881)
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford

Charles Beilby Stuart-Wortley, 1st Baron Stuart of Wortley PC (15 September 1851 – 24 April 1926), was a British Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1880 until 1916, shortly before he was raised to the peerage. He served as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department between 1885–1886 and 1886-1892 in the Conservative administrations headed by Lord Salisbury.

Background and education[edit]

A member of the Stuart family headed by the Marquess of Bute, Stuart-Wortley was the son of James Stuart-Wortley, youngest son of James Stuart-Wortley, 1st Baron Wharncliffe, son of James Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, second son of Prime Minister John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. His mother was the Hon. Jane Lawley.[1] He was educated at Rugby and Balliol College, Oxford and called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1876. He was secretary to the Royal Commission on the Sale of Benefices from 1879 to 1880.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1880 Stuart-Wortley was the first Conservative to be elected as a Member of Parliament for Sheffield,[3] and when this constituency was broken up under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, he was elected in the 1885 general election as MP for the new Sheffield Hallam constituency.[4] He served under Lord Salisbury as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department between 1885 and 1886 and again from 1886 to 1892. In 1896 he was admitted to the Privy Council.[5] Stuart-Wortley resigned from the House of Commons on 16 December 1916[6] and in 1917 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Stuart of Wortley, of the City of Sheffield.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Stuart of Wortley married Beatrice, daughter of Thomas Adolphus Trollope and niece of the author Anthony Trollope, in 1880. She died in July 1881 and Stuart married as his second wife Alice Sophia Caroline Millais (1862–1936), daughter of the artist John Everett Millais.[2] Known to her family as Carrie, she and her husband shared an interest in music, playing the Grieg and Schumann concertos on two grand pianos at their home. Among her friends were the art critic Claude Phillips, the arts patron Frank Schuster, Lady Charles Beresford and the composer Edward Elgar to whom she was known as Alice and 'Windflower'.[8]

He died in April 1926, aged 74, when the barony became extinct.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Samuel Danks Waddy
A. J. Mundella
Member of Parliament for Sheffield
18801885
With: A. J. Mundella
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam
18851916
Succeeded by
Herbert Fisher
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Fowler
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
1885–1886
Succeeded by
Henry Broadhurst
Preceded by
Henry Broadhurst
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
1886–1892
Succeeded by
Herbert Gladstone
Party political offices
Preceded by
Henry Byron Reed
Chairman of the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations
1892
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Stafford Northcote
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New title Baron Stuart of Wortley
1917–1926
Extinct