Sir Edmund Buckley, 1st Baronet
Buckley was born as Edmund Peck, the illegitimate son of Edmund Buckley of Ardwick in Manchester. He assumed the name of Buckley by Royal Licence in 1864 and inherited considerable estates in Lancashire and Wales including the estate at Dinas Mawddwy. He became involved in slate quarrying at the Hendre Ddu Slate and Slab Co. for which was built the Hendre-Ddu Tramway. He was a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P.for Merionethshire.
At the 1865 general election Buckley was elected Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme. He was created a baronet in December 1868. At the 1868 general election he was re-elected for Newcastle-under-Lyme and held the seat until 1878, when he resigned from the Commons by taking the Chiltern Hundreds. In 1872 he built a lavish Victorian gothic mansion at Dinas Mawddwy called "Y Plas". In 1873 he built a hotel, reputedly the oldest reinforced concrete building in Europe, which was called the Buckley Arms hotel.
Buckley died at the age of 75.
- Diaries of William Rees of Tonn, Llandovery. Cardiff City Library
- Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1870
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Department of Information Services (14 January 2010). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850". House of Commons Library. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
- Parks and Gardens UK -Plas Dinas Mawddwy
- The Buckley Arms
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Edmund Buckley
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Samuel Rathbone Edge
William Shepherd Allen
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