Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Belper
|Arms of Baron Belper|
|Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster|
3 January 1853 – 21 June 1854
|Prime Minister||The Earl of Aberdeen|
|Preceded by||Robert Adam Christopher|
|Succeeded by||The Earl Granville|
|Born||26 October 1801
|Died||30 June 1880
Eaton Square, Belgravia, London
|Political party||Liberal Party|
|Spouse(s)||Amelia Otter (d. 1890)|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper PC, FRS (26 October 1801 – 30 June 1880), was a British Liberal Party politician. He served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1852 to 1854 under Lord Aberdeen.
Background and education
Born at St Helen's House Derby, Strutt was the only son of William Strutt, of St Helen's House, Derbyshire, and the grandson of Jedediah Strutt. His mother was Barbara, daughter of Thomas Evans. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was President of the Cambridge Union in 1821. Strutt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1823 and a Master of Arts three years later.
Strutt entered the British House of Commons in 1830, sitting as Member of Parliament for Derby until 1848, when he was unseated on petition. He represented Arundel from 1851 to 1852 and Nottingham from 1852 to 1856. He was Chief Commissioner of Railways between 1846 and 1848 and served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1853 to 1854 in Lord Aberdeen's coalition government. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1846 and in 1856 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Belper, of Belper, in the County of Derby.
Strutt also held the honorary posts of High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1850 and Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire between 1864 and 1880, having been previously a Deputy Lieutenant. In 1860 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and between 1871 and 1879, he was President of University College, London.
Lord Belper married Amelia Harriet Otter, daughter of the Right Reverend William Otter, Bishop of Chichester, on 28 March 1837. They had several children. They were the parents of Henry Strutt, 2nd Baron Belper.
Children from the marriage were:
- Hon. Caroline Strutt (d. 23 Jul 1926) married Sir Kenelm Edward Digby, son of Rev. Hon. Kenelm Henry Digby and Caroline Sheppard, on 30 August 1870.
- Hon. Ellen Strutt (d. 31 Dec 1940) married George Murray Smith the Younger on 22 October 1885.
- Hon. Sophia Strutt (d. 2 Dec 1928) married Sir Henry Denis Le Marchant, 2nd Baronet., son of Sir Denis Le Marchant, 1st Baronet, on 7 September 1869.
- William Strutt (7 May 1838 - 19 Jan 1856) died in Bonn, Germany.
- Henry Strutt, 2nd Baron Belper (20 May 1840 - 26 Jul 1914)
- Hon. Arthur Strutt (3 Mar 1842 - 6 Feb 1877) married Alice Mary Elizabeth March Phillipps de Lisle, daughter of Ambrose Lisle March Phillipps De Lisle and Laura Maria Clifford, on 22 April 1873.
He built his family seat, Kingston Hall, Nottinghamshire and moved in 1846.
Lord Belper died at Eaton Square, Belgravia, London, on June 1880, aged 78, and was succeeded in the barony by his second but eldest surviving son, Henry. A stained glass window was erected in the north side of the chancel in St. Mary's Church, Nottingham in his memory. Lady Belper died in December 1890.
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- Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 114.
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Dagenham to Deritend
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- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Northampton North to Nuneaton
- leighrayment.com Peerage: Basset de Sapcote to Benson
- The London Gazette: . 3 November 1846.
- The London Gazette: . 22 August 1856.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Edward Strutt
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Derby
1830 – 1848
With: Henry Cavendish 1830–1835
Hon. John Ponsonby 1835–1847
Hon. Frederick Leveson-Gower 1847–1848
Michael Thomas Bass
The Earl of Arundel
|Member of Parliament for Arundel
1851 – 1852
Lord Edward Fitzalan-Howard
|Member of Parliament for Nottingham
1852 – 1856
Robert Adam Christopher
|Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1853 – 1854
The Earl Granville
The Duke of Newcastle
|Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire
1864 – 1880
The Duke of St Albans
|High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Baron Belper
1856 – 1880