Waugh was the son of John Lamb Waugh of Seat Hill, Irthington, Cumberland and his wife Catherine Miles, daughter of Richard Miles of Pates Hill, Irthington. He was admitted solicitor in 1840 and eventually became head of the legal firm of E and E L Waugh and Musgrove of Cockermouth. He was one time Registrar of the County Court and Clerk to the magistrates.
At the 1880 general election, Waugh was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Cockermouth, replacing the Liberal William Fletcher who had been elected at a by-election in 1879. At the 1885 general election, the town of Cockermouth ceased to be a parliamentary borough, and the name was transferred to a new county division. Waugh did not contest the new constituency.
Waugh married Mary Liddell, daughter of Thomas Liddell of Carlisle in 1843.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 96. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 244. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Edward Waugh
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