E. G. Pretyman

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Pretyman in 1895.

Ernest George Pretyman PC, JP, DL (13 November 1860 – 26 November 1931), known as E. G. Pretyman, was a British soldier and Conservative Party politician.

Background and education[edit]

Pretyman was the son of Reverend Frederic Pretyman, Canon of Lincoln. He was the great-grandson of George Pretyman Tomline, a prominent late 18th century cleric, as well as the heir of "Colonel" George Tomline, his father's first cousin.[1] He was educated at Eton and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He entered the Royal Artillery in 1880 and retired in 1889.

Political career[edit]

Pretyman served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Woodbridge, Suffolk from 1895–1906 and for Chelmsford from 1908-1923. He was Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1900–1903, Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty from 1903–1906, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade from 1915–1916 and Civil Lord of the Admiralty again from 1916 to 1919. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1917.

E. G. Pretyman made a Gramophone Company recording of an address "On the Navy" in 1908.[2]


Pretyman married Lady Beatrice Adine Bridgeman (2 December 1870 - 27 June 1952), daughter of George Bridgeman, 4th Earl of Bradford, on 28 June 1894. They had three sons and three daughters. His most notable descendant today is Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury, sometime Tory leader of the House of Lords in the 1990s.

  • Maj. George Marcus Tomline Pretyman, of Orwell Park, Suffolk, (24 April 1895 - 1979); his only child Gillian (who married Mark Bence-Jones) inherited the family papers.
  • Lt. Cmdr. Herbert Ernest Pretyman, R.N., of Newbury, Berkshire (19 June 1900- ); twice married, with issue by both marriages
  • Sir Walter Frederic Pretyman, of Campos, Brazil (17 October 1901 – 1987), who emigrated to Brazil 1924, and was appointed KBE 1967. His second wife Vera de Sa Sottomaior was former wife of Randal Plunket, 19th Lord Dunsany and mother of the 20th Lord Dunsany. Sir Walter Pretyman was twice married, and had issue by both marriages.
  • Ida Beatrice Pretyman (5 April 1896 - 1977) who married Captain Charles Wilfrid Lindley Meynell, a grandson of Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax, and left issue.
  • Marjorie Elizabeth Pretyman (1 May 1897 – 6 May 1969) who married Capt. Hon. Valentine Maurice Wyndham-Quin, R.N., of Chieveley, Berkshire. They were parents of three daughters, including Marjorie "Mollie" Wyndham-Quin, widow of the 6th Marquess of Salisbury and mother of the present Marquess, formerly styled Viscount Cranbourne, sometime Tory leader of the House of Lords in the 1990s. Another grandson is Lord Leconfield & Egremont, otherwise the novelist Max Egremont.
  • Katharine Louise Pretyman (1907- ?), who married Lt. Col. Charles Algernon Peel and left issue.


  1. ^ "OASI: Tomline". www.oasi.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  2. ^ 12" G & T. Black Label 'Monarch', Cat. no. 01006

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Lacey Everett
Member of Parliament for Woodbridge
Succeeded by
Robert Lacey Everett
Preceded by
Sir Carne Rasch, Bt
Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
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Sydney Walter Robinson
Political offices
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Austen Chamberlain
Civil Lord of the Admiralty
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Arthur Lee
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H. O. Arnold-Forster
Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty
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Edmund Robertson
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J. M. Robertson
Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade
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George Henry Roberts
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The Earl of Lytton
Civil Lord of the Admiralty
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The Earl of Lytton