George Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe

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The 1st Baron Ashcombe
George Cubitt
Arms of Baron Ashcombe.svg
Spouse(s) Laura Joyce
Father Thomas Cubitt
Mother Mary Anne Warner
Born (1828-06-04)4 June 1828
Died 26 February 1917(1917-02-26) (aged 88)
Occupation Politician

George Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe PC (4 June 1828 – 26 February 1917) was a British politician and peer, the son of Thomas Cubitt, the leading London builder and property developer of his day.

Education and career[edit]

Cubitt was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with first a BA and later took his honorary MA.[1] He served as Conservative Party Member of Parliament for West Surrey from 1860 to 1885, and then for Epsom until 1892, when elevated to the Lords as Baron Ashcombe of Dorking, Surrey and of Bodiam Castle, Sussex, having been invested as a Privy Counsellor in 1880. He also served as Honorary Colonel of the 5th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, and Deputy Lieutenant of the counties of both Surrey and Middlesex.

Cubitt purchased his estate in Bodiam, East Sussex, from local farmer Thomas Levett, descendant of an old Sussex family and owner of Court Lodge Farm, for £1,039 on August 4, 1862.


Cubitt married Laura Joyce on 14 June 1853 and with her had 9 children; 3 sons, though only the third, Henry, survived beyond infancy, and 6 daughters, one of whom died in infancy:

  • Geoffrey George Cubitt (born 31 May 1854, died 6 June 1855)
  • Thomas Edmund Wilfred Cubitt (born 5 August 1859, died 17 May 1865)
  • Henry Cubitt (born 14 March 1867, died 27 October 1947) - succeeded his father as the 2nd Baron Ashcombe
  • Helen Laura Cubitt (died 16 August 1939)
  • Mary Agnes Cubitt (died 6 February 1944) - married Rev Edward Arthur Chichester
  • Adelaide Laura Cubitt (died 3 November 1922) - married Richard Anthony Fuller-Maitland
  • Mildred Sophia Cubitt (died 9 March 1930) - married George William Tallents
  • Mabel Georgina Cubitt (died 5 November 1865)
  • Beatrice Hayward Cubitt (died 12 February 1963) - married William Archibald Calvert

He is a great-great grandfather of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Death and burial[edit]

He died on 26 February 1917 and was buried in the churchyard of St Barnabas Church, Ranmore Common, Surrey.

George Cubitt funerary monument, St Barnabas Church, Ranmore Common, Surrey


  1. ^ "Cubitt, George (CBT847G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Drummond
John Ivatt Briscoe
Member of Parliament for West Surrey
With: William St John Fremantle Brodrick, 1880–1885
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Epsom
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Townsend Bucknill
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Ashcombe
Succeeded by
Henry Cubitt