Henry Keswick (MP)
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||William Keswick|
|Succeeded by||Rowland Blades|
|Unofficial Member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong|
10 March 1908 – 20 April 1911
|Preceded by||E. A. Hewett|
|Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong|
23 May 1907 – 20 April 1911
|Preceded by||William Jardine Gresson|
|Succeeded by||Charles Henderson Ross|
|Died||29 November 1928
(aged 57 or 58)|
|Spouse(s)||Ida Wynifred Johnston|
Henry Keswick was born the elder and only surviving son and first-born child of William Keswick by his first wife Amelia Sophie Dubeux (d 1883), h in 1870 in Shanghai, into the Keswick business dynasty. He was educated at Eton College and graduated with a B.A. at the Trinity College, Cambridge in 1892, of which he took his M.A. degree later. He fought in the South African War as the captain of the 3rd Battalion of the King's Own Scottish Borderers. He rejoined the battalion during the First World War in which he commanded until its disbandment. He was also a member of the Royal Company of Archers, a ceremonial unit that serves as the sovereign's bodyguard in Scotland.
He joined the family business and spent two years in the New York office of Jardines before he arrived in Hong Kong in 1895 the year before his Uncle James Johnstone Keswick left and became the taipan of the Jardine. During his time in the Far East, he went to Shanghai and became the chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council from 1906 to 1907 and Shanghai Chamber of Commerce.
He was appointed as unofficial member of the Legislative and Executive Councils during his time in Hong Kong. He was also vice-chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, and Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company as well as other numerous public companies. After he returned to England, he became the first chairman of the Far Eastern Section of the London Chamber of Commerce and member of the London Committee of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.
He returned to England in 1911 to represent Hong Kong at the coronation of King George V. He was still in England when his father died and succeeded him as the member of Parliament for the Conservative and Unionist in at the Epsom by-election in 1912, and held the seat until 1918. He was also member of the county council of Dumfriesshire, where he spent most of his latter life.
He did return to Hong Kong and the Far East in his yacht "Cutty Sark" in 1922. He remained a director of Jardines until his death on 29 November 1928 in London.
He married Ida Wynifred Johnston (born c.1880) in 1900 and had three children:
- David Johnston (1902 Yokohama - 1976); married Nony or Nonie Barbara Pease, and had issue, including Amelia Sophia or Sophy Keswick whose children include: Percy Weatherall (b. 1957), Mrs Catherine Soames and Isobel, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne and another son.
- Sir William Johnston 'Tony' Keswick (1903 Yokohama - 16 February 1990, London), a Tai-Pan of Jardine Matheson 1934-1941; married Mary Etheldreda Lindley, and had issue 3 sons: Henry Keswick (knighted 2009 Birthday Honours), Sir Chips Keswick, and Simon Keswick. His eldest and youngest sons were Tai-Pans. Two of his grandsons are presently based in Hong Kong, working for Jardine Matheson.
- Sir John Henry Keswick KCMG (1906 Dumfriesshire - 1982, Dumfriesshire) KCMG 1972, Tai-Pan of Jardine Matheson 1941-1953; married 1940 Clare Mary Alice Elwes (1906-1998), and had issue the gardening author Maggie Keswick Jenks (1941-1995). Father and daughter founded the Keswick Foundation, and Maggie Jenks established Maggie's Centres to help cancer victims, before her own death. Maggie was married to landscape architect Charles Jencks, and left issue.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Epsom