John Compton Lawrance

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"Long Lawrance"
Lawrance as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, March 1897

Sir John Compton Lawrance DL (30 May 1832 – 5 December 1912)[1] was an English judge and Conservative Party politician.

Biography[edit]

Lawrance was the son of Thomas Munton Lawrance of Dunsby Hall, Lincolnshire and his wife Louisa Compton. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1859, and became a Q.C. in 1877. He became Recorder of Derby in 1879 and was a J. P. for Lincolnshire.[2]

In 1878, Lawrance stood unsuccessfully for Parliament at a by-election in Peterborough,[3] but at the 1880 general election he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Lincolnshire.[4] That constituency was abolished under Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and at the 1885 general election Lawrance was elected MP for Stamford.[5] He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire in September 1886.[6]

Lawrence became a High Court Judge in 1890[7] and was also appointed as one of the Judges for the trial of election petitions.[8]

Lawrance lived at Dunsby Hall, near Bourne, Lincolnshire and died at the age of 80

Lawrance married Charlotte Georgina Smart in 1861.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages – Peerages beginning with "S" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 238. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  4. ^ Craig, op. cit, page 423
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 343. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  6. ^ "From the LONDON GAZETTE, Tuesday, Sept. 7. St. James's Palace, Sept. 7". The Times (London). 8 September 1886. p. 11, col A. 
  7. ^ The records of the honorable society of Lincoln's Inn. The Black books (1897)
  8. ^ Hansard Millbank Systems The Worcester Election

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Welby-Gregory
Edmund Turnor
Member of Parliament for South Lincolnshire
18801885
With: Sir William Welby-Gregory 1880-1884
Murray Finch-Hatton
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Marston Clarke Buszard
Member of Parliament for Stamford
1885–1890
Succeeded by
Henry Cust