Lewis Pelly

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Sir Lewis Pelly, KCSI, (14 November 1825, Minchinhampton – 22 April 1892, Falmouth), was Conservative Member of Parliament for Hackney North from 1885 to 1892 and an East India Company officer.

Early years[edit]

He was the son of John Hinde Pelly of Hyde House, Gloucestershire and was educated at Rugby School. Sir John Henry Pelly, Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company and Governor of the Bank of England, was his uncle.[1]

Career[edit]

He entered the East India Company service in 1840 and served in Sind prior to its annexation. Appointed to the regimental staff in 1842, he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1843.

In 1852, he acted as Assistant Reader at the Court of Guicowar and then he transferred to the Civil Service of Sind until 1856, being promoted to Captain in 1855. As aide-de-camp to General John Jacob in 1857, he commanded a troop of cavalry in that year's Persian expedition. He was secretary to Sir James Outram during the occupation of Bushire and Kharack and was in the Frontier Force of the Sind Irregular Horse in 1858, before being a Judge in Kurrachee in 1859.

He was Secretary of Legation at the Court of Persia from 1859 to 1860, before being appointed chargé d'affaires there. During his time in this post, he was sent on a special mission through Eastern Persia, Oman, Herat, Afghanistan and Balochistan in 1860 and to the Comoros Islands and Mozambique in 1861. In May 1861, he was part of the expedition which eventually placed Bahrain under British rule.

Promoted to Major in 1861, he was appointed Political Agent and Consul at Zanzibar, from where he visited and reported on the Seychelle Islands in 1862.

Next he was transferred back to Persia as Political Resident (1862 to 1872). He travelled to Riyadh in 1865, publishing an account of his journey and, on 12 September 1868, he signed a treaty with Mohammed bin Thani which recognised the independence of Qatar. In 1872-73, he accompanied Sir Bartle Frere in the Anti-Slavery Mission to the East Coast of Africa. During his time as Political Resident he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1866 and then Colonel in 1871.

On 21 June 1873, he was appointed Agent to the Governor General of Rajpootana and, ex officio, Chief Commissioner of Baroda, remaining in this post until 1878.

Returning to England, in 1878 he married Amy Henrietta Lowder who was born in 1847 at Calne in Wiltshire. In 1881 they were living at 1, Eaton Square, London.

In 1885, by now a Lieutenant General, he was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for the newly created North Hackney constituency. He died in Falmouth on 22 April 1892, and is buried at Merstham in Surrey.

Honours[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • Pelly, Sir Lewis Report on a Journey to Riyadh in Central Arabia, 1865

References[edit]

  1. ^  "Pelly, Lewis". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  • Debretts Illustrated Baronetage, with the Knightage, 1876, Dean & Son (London), 1876
  • Whitaker's Almanack, various editions, 1885 to 1892

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Government offices
Preceded by
James Felix Jones
Chief Political Resident of the Persian Gulf
1862–1872
Succeeded by
Edward Charles Ross
Preceded by
Richard Keatinge
Chief Commissioner of Ajmer-Merwara
1873–1878
Succeeded by
Edward Bradford
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency
Member of Parliament for North Hackney
18851892
Succeeded by
William Robert Bousfield QC
The Pelly/Lucas family tree
John Pelly
1711–1762
Henry Hinde Pelly
1744–1818
John Pelly
1754–1809
Sir John Pelly, 1st Baronet
1777–1852
John Hinde Pelly
1786–1852
Sir John Henry Pelly, 2nd Baronet
1809–1864
Raymond Pelly
1810–1886
Richard Wilson Pelly
1814–1890
Saville Marriott Pelly
1819–1895
Sir Lewis Pelly M.P.
1825–1892
Sir Henry Carstairs Pelly, 3rd Baronet
1844–1877
Sir Harold Pelly, 4th Baronet
1863–1950
Rev. Raymond Percy Pelly
1841–1911
Sir Henry Bertram Pelly
1867–1942
Kathleen Emma Pelly
1856–1912
Richard Clement Lucas
1846–1915
Sir Harold Alwyne Pelly, 5th Baronet
1893–1981
Douglas Raymond Pelly
1865–1943
Raymond Theodore Pelly
1881–1952
Richard Saville Clement Lucas
1896–1968
Charles Clement Lucas
1897–1917
Sir John Alwyne Pelly, 6th Baronet
1918–1993
Richard Heywood Pelly
1920–1988
Sir Claude Bernard Raymond Pelly
1902–1972
Peter Douglas Pelly
1904–1980
Sir Richard John Pelly, 7th Baronet
1951–