James Farrer

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James Farrer (8 May 1812 – 13 June 1879)[1] was a Conservative Party politician in England who was elected three times as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Durham.

He unsuccessfully contested the 1841 general election, but was elected unopposed in 1847 after John Bowes stepped down. He was re-elected unopposed in 1852, but in 1857 he lost his seat to the Liberal candidate, Henry Pease.[2]

When the Liberal Lord Harry George Vane stepped down at the 1859 general election, Farrer was again elected unopposed. He retired from politics at the 1865 general election.[2]

Archaeology[edit]

James Farrer was an amateur archaeologist, and a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. His excavations included: a partial excavation of brochs on Orkney from 1853;[3] the opening of Maeshowe in July 1861;[4] and the first excavation of Chedworth Roman Villa, from 1864-6.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "D" (Part 4)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons page. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 384. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ Alan S. Bell, (1981), The Scottish antiquarian tradition: essays to mark the bicentenary of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and its museum, 1780-1980, page 83. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  4. ^ Colleen E. Batey, Judith Jesch, Christopher D. Morris, (1995), The Viking Age in Caithness, Orkney, and the North Atlantic, page 349. Edinburgh University Press
  5. ^ Chedworth Roman Villa, chedworthromanvilla.com, retrieved 5 April 2012

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Bowes
Lord Harry George Vane
Member of Parliament for South Durham
18471857
With: Lord Harry George Vane
Succeeded by
Lord Harry George Vane
Henry Pease
Preceded by
Henry Pease
Lord Harry George Vane
Member of Parliament for South Durham
18591865
With: Henry Pease
Succeeded by
Joseph Whitwell Pease
Charles Freville Surtees