Hamar Alfred Bass
Bass was born in Burton upon Trent, the second son of brewer Michael Thomas Bass and his wife Eliza Jane Arden, daughter of Major Samuel Arden of Longcrofts Hall, Stafford. Bass was the great-grandson of William Bass, the founder of the brewery firm of Bass & Co, and his elder brother became Lord Burton. Bass was educated at Harrow School and became a Director of the family firm of Bass, Ratcliff, Gretton and Co. He was Honorary Major of the 4th Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire) Regiment and was a J.P. for Staffordshire. Bass played cricket for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), making a single first-class appearance for the MCC against Sussex in 1865. He was dismissed in the MCC's first-innings by James Lillywhite, while in their second-innings he was dismissed for 3 runs by George Wells. The match ended in a draw.
Bass was elected MP for Tamworth in 1878 and held the seat until 1885 when the representation was reduced to one seat under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. He was elected MP for West Staffordshire in the 1885 UK general election and held the seat until his death aged 56 in 1898 from a complex form of rheumatism.
Bass married Louisa Bagot (1853–1942), daughter of William Bagot, 3rd Baron Bagot, in 1879. They lived at Byrkley Lodge and Needwood House, Burton, and also at 145 Piccadilly, London. After his death, Louisa married Rev Bernard Shaw.
Bass's son William succeeded in his uncle's baronetcy according to special remainder. Hamar Bass's daughter Sibell Lucia married Major Berkeley John Talbot Levett of the Scots Guards, son of Theophilus Levett of Wychnor Park, Staffordshire. Berkeley Levett served as one of the Gentlemen Ushers to the Royal Family from 1919 to 1937.
- Rangemore, Staffordshire
- Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1886
- "First-Class Matches played by Hamar Bass". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- "Sussex v Marylebone Cricket Club, 1865". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- Obituary – Illustrated London News 16 April 1898 -541
- A History of the Meynell Hounds and Country, 1780–1901, James Lowndes Randall, Sampson Low Marston & Company, Ltd., London, 1901
- The Queen's Programme, Into Piccadilly, The New York Times, June 19, 1897
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Hamar Alfred Bass
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