Cyril Asquith, Baron Asquith of Bishopstone

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Cyril Asquith

Cyril Asquith, Baron Asquith of Bishopstone Kt, PC (5 February 1890 – 24 August 1954) was an English barrister, judge and law lord.

Cyril Asquith was the fourth son of H. H. Asquith, later Prime Minister and subsequently Earl of Oxford and Asquith, from his first marriage, to Helen Kelsall Melland.

He was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford. During the First World War he served in the 16th Battalion, London Regiment, gaining the rank of Captain.

He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1920. In 1936 he was elected to serve on the Liberal Party Council.[1] He took silk in 1936 and was appointed Bencher in 1939.

Asquith was appointed as a Justice of the King's Bench Division of the High Court in 1938, receiving the customary knighthood.[2] His appointment caused some surprise at the bar, and the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Hewart, felt that he had not been properly consulted about the appointment. In 1946, Asquith was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal was sworn into the Privy Council.

On 23 April 1951 he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was made a life peer as Baron Asquith of Bishopstone, of Bishopstone in the County of Sussex.[3] He held office until his death in 1954.

In October 1951, he was offered the Lord Chancellorship by Winston Churchill, but declined the offer.

Family[edit]

He married Anne Stephanie Pollock (27 April 1896 – 1964), daughter of Sir Adrian Donald Wilde Pollock, of the Pollock Baronets, on 12 February 1918. They had four children:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Liberal Magazine, 1936
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34498. p. 2148. 1 April 1938.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 39212. p. 2327. 24 April 1951.
  4. ^ L. G. Pine, The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms (London, U.K.: Heraldry Today, 1972), page 16
  5. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 3, page 4095
  6. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1272.

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