Sir Oswald Mosley, 4th Baronet

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"John Bull"
Mosley as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, September 1898

Sir Oswald Mosley, 4th Baronet, of Ancoats (25 September 1848 – 10 October 1915)[1] was a British baronet.


Mosley was born in Staffordshire in 1848 the eldest son of Sir Tonman Mosley, 3rd Baronet, of Ancoats (9 July 1813 – 28 April 1890), who succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Mosley, of Ancoats, on 24 May 1871, and wife Catherine Wood (died 22 April 1891), daughter of The Reverend John Wood of Swanwick, Derbyshire. His younger brother was Tonman Mosley, 1st Baron Anslow. His paternal grandparents were Sir Oswald Mosley, 2nd Baronet, of Ancoats, and Sophia Annie Every.

Mosley's family were Anglo-Irish. His branch were prosperous landowners in Staffordshire.


He was educated at Eton, and went on to own around 3,800 acres (15 km2) of land.[1] His residences included Rolleston Hall in Rolleston on Dove and he was engaged in farming and cattle breeding.[1] He succeeded the baronetcy on 28 April 1890.

Mosley was nicknamed "Baronet John Bull" due to his resemblance to John Bull, the national personification of Great Britain.[2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

He married Elizabeth White, daughter of Sir William Henry White, in 1873.[1] Their son Sir Oswald Mosley, 5th Baronet, of Ancoats (29 December 1873 – 21 September 1928) married Katharine Maud Edwards-Heathcote (1874 – 1950), the second child of Captain Justinian Edwards-Heathcote of Market Drayton, Shropshire; their son was the Fascist politician Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Baronet. Their daughter Constance Mosley (Montagu Square, London, 25 April 1881 - Westminster, London, 1963), married as his second wife on 11 March 1907 Charles Fitzroy Ponsonby McNeill (Warmsworth, Yorkshire, 9 December 1866 – 22 November 1955), son of Captain Duncan McNeill and Fanny Charlotte Emma Talbot (married firstly on 31 January 1891 to Lady Hilda Maud Rous, daughter of John Edward Cornwallis Rous, 2nd Earl of Stradbroke and Augusta Musgrave, by whom he had a son and a daughter), and had one daughter.



  1. ^ a b c d ‘MOSLEY, Sir Oswald’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007
  2. ^ "Sir Oswald Mosley". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 October 1915. p. 12. Retrieved 27 June 2010.