Charles Parker Butt

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"divorce". Caricature by Ape published in Vanity Fair in 1887.

Sir Charles Parker Butt QC (24 June 1830 – 26 May 1892) was an English High Court judge and a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1880 to 1883.


Butt was the third son of the Rev. Phelpes John Butt, of Wortham Lodge, Bournemouth, and his wife Mary Eddy, daughter of Rev. John Eddy, Vicar of Toddington, Gloucestershire. He was educated privately and called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1854. He practiced on the Northern Circuit and became a Q.C. in 1868.[1]

At the 1880 general election, Butt was elected Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Southampton[2] and he held the seat until 1883, when he was appointed Justice of the High Court and assigned to the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division,[2] (of which he became President on 29 January 1891) and knighted.


Butt married Anna Georgiana Rodewald, daughter of C. Ferdinand Rodewald of 57 Onslow Square, London, in 1878.[3]


  1. ^ Debrett's House of Commons 1881,
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 280. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ Rigg 1901.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainRigg, James McMullen (1901). "Butt, Charles Parker". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alfred Giles
Frederick Perkins
Member of Parliament for Southampton.
With: Henry Lee
Succeeded by
Henry Lee
Alfred Giles