Sir James Rankin, 1st Baronet

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Bryngwyn Manor, the seat commissioned and built by Sir James Rankin 1868-1870

Sir James Rankin, 1st Baronet (25 December 1842 – 17 April 1915) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of Parliament for Leominster from 1880 to 1885, and from 1886 until the general election of 1906, losing the seat by only 28 votes to the Liberal candidate. He regained the seat in January 1910 and resigned in March 1912. He was made a Baronet on 20 June 1898, of Bryngwyn (Bryngwyn Manor, near Wormelow Tump), Herefordshire. He was a senior partner of the family timber and shipbuilding company, Pollok, Gilmour and Company.[1] The Rankin Constitutional Club, in Corn Square, Leominster, is named after him.

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Close up of a trophy, presented by Rankin to the Leominster Air-Gun League in 1909, and now in Leominster Museum

Born on 25 December 1842, he was the eldest son of Robert Rankin (1801–1870) the timber merchant and shipowner.[2] On 12 January 1865, he married Annie Laura, the daughter Christopher Bushell J.P. of Hinderton Hall, Cheshire.[3] He had four sons and four daughters. His Baronet was created in 1898. He earned a first-class degree in the Natural Science Tripos at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Sir James Rankin", The Times, (London), Monday, Apr 19, 1915, page 4, Issue 40832
  2. ^ John Rankin, A history of our firm: being some account of the firm of Pollok, Gilmour and Co. and its offshoots and connections, 1804-1920, publ. 1921, page 304
  3. ^ John Rankin, op cit., page 82

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Blake
Member of Parliament for Leominster
18801885
Succeeded by
Thomas Duckham
Preceded by
Thomas Duckham
Member of Parliament for Leominster
18861906
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Edmund Lamb
Preceded by
Edmund Lamb
Member of Parliament for Leominster
Jan. 19101912
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Henry FitzHerbert Wright
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Stafford Northcote
Chairman of the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations
1894
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Edward Howard Vincent
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Bryngwyn, Hereford)
1898–1915
Succeeded by
Reginald Rankin