Reginald Welby, 1st Baron Welby

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Lord Welby as caricatured in Vanity Fair, March 1910

Reginald Earle Welby, 1st Baron Welby GCB, PC (3 August 1832–30 October 1915) was a British peer, former Permanent Secretary to the Treasury and former President of the Royal Statistical Society.

Early life and education[edit]

Born on his father's Rectory at Hareston in Lincolnshire, Welby was educated at Eton College where he became known amongst his friends as a "great footballer." He then went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, hoping for a career as a barrister following graduation, although his hopes never realised themselves. Instead he entered the Civil Service as a clerk in the Treasury in 1856 having graduated from Cambridge in 1855.[1]

Career[edit]

Welby held many posts during his tenure at the Treasury and was appointed Assistant Financial Secretary in 1880. In 1885, he succeeded Lord Lingen as Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, holding this office until his retirement in 1894. Following his retirement, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Welby, of Allington in the County of Lincoln, on 16 April 1894,[2] although he did not play a great part in debates in the House of Lords. He was appointed a member of the Privy Council in 1913.[3] Lord Welby also became an alderman of London County Council, eventually becoming its Chairman, and served as President of the International Free Trade Congress.

Personal life[edit]

Lord Welby was involved in a motorcar accident in December 1914, which he recovered from; however, his subsequent instability caused his death in the autumn of 1915. Lord Welby married Elizabeth Cowling, daughter of Colonel and Mrs George Henry Cowling of Marlborough, Wiltshire. They had one son, Thomas George born 7th March 1867. [4]

Titles and Honours[edit]

  • Mr Reginald Welby (1832–1874)
  • Mr Reginald Welby CB (1874–1882)
  • Sir Reginald Welby KCB (1882–1892)
  • Sir Reginald Welby GCB (1892–1894)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Welby GCB (1894–1913)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Welby GCB PC (1913–1915)

References[edit]

  1. ^ . JSTOR 2340630.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26504. p. 2171. 17 April 1894.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28728. p. 4187. 13 June 1913.
  4. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kiwiadams/26880.html

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Ralph Lingen
Permanent Secretary to the Treasury
1885–1894
with Edward Walter Hamilton (1885–1894)
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Mowatt
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas McKinnon Wood
Chairman of the London County Council
1899 – 1900
Succeeded by
Willoughby Dickinson
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Welby
1894–1915
Thomas George Rudman