Edmund Lacon

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Sir Edmund Henry Knowles Lacon, 3rd Baronet (14 August 1807 – 2 December 1888) was an English brewer and banker and liberal Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1852 and 1885.

Lacon was the son of Sir Edmund Knowles Lacon, 2nd Baronet and his wife Eliza Beecroft, daughter of Thomas Beecroft of Saxthorpe Hall. He was educated at Eton College and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[1] He became a brewer and banker at Great Yarmouth. In 1839 he inherited the baronetcy on the death of his father. He was a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Norfolk, and a JP for Suffolk. He was a Lieutenant Colonel commanding the East Norfolk Militia and the 1st Norfolk Administrative Battalion Artillery and a High Steward of Yarmouth.[2]

He was one of the original shareholders in the Yarmouth & Norwich Railway in 1842 which was Norfolk's first railway. He was later a director of the Yarmouth & Haddiscoe Railway and the East Suffolk Railway.[3]

Lacon was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Yarmouth at the 1852 general election and held the seat until his defeat in 1857.[4] He regained the seat in 1859 and held it until the seat was disenfranchised for corruption at the 1868 general election.[5] At the 1868 general election he was elected instead as MP for North Norfolk. He held that seat until the 1885 general election,[6] when he did not stand again.[7]

Lacon died at the age of 81 .

Lacon married Eliza Georgiana Hammet, daughter of James Esdaile Hammet of Battersea. They had a grandson, Harry Reginald Dunbar Lacon, who married Hilda Mary Slayter, a Titanic survivor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lacon, Edmund Henry Knowles (LCN823EH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881
  3. ^ Cooper, John M (April 1993). "The Lowestoft to Norwich Railway". Great Eastern Journal. 74: 4. 
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 137. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joseph Sandars
Charles Rumbold
Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth
18521857
With: Charles Rumbold
Succeeded by
Edward Watkin
John Mellor
Preceded by
Adolphus William Young
John Mellor
Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth
18591868
With: Sir Henry Stracey, Bt to 1865
James Goodson from 1865
Constituency disenfranchised
New constituency Member of Parliament for North Norfolk
18681885
With: Frederick Walpole to 1876
James Duff 1876–79
Edward Birkbeck from 1879
Succeeded by
Herbert Cozens-Hardy
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edmund Knowles Lacon
Baronet
(of Great Yarmouth)
1839–1888
Succeeded by
Edmund Broughton Knowles Lacon