Ernest Palmer, 1st Baron Palmer

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"Patron's Fund". Caricature by Elf published in Vanity Fair in 1909.

(Samuel) Ernest Palmer, 1st Baron Palmer (28 March 1858 - 8 December 1948), known as Sir Ernest Palmer, 1st Baronet, from 1916, was a British business man and patron of music.

Palmer was the eldest son of Samuel Palmer, of Hampstead. He was educated at Malvern College.[1] He was a Director of the family firm of Huntley & Palmers Ltd of Reading, Berkshire, the largest biscuit manufacturer in the world. However, Palmer is mostly known for his services to music. He was Vice-President and a Member of the Council of the Royal College of Music and was elected its first Fellow in 1921[2] He was the founder of the Royal College of Music Patron's Fund, the Berkshire Scholarship and the Ernest Palmer Fund for Opera Study.[3] He was created a Baronet, of Grosvenor Crescent in the City of Westminster in 1916,[4] and on 24 June 1933 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Palmer, of Reading in the County of Berkshire.[5]

Lord Palmer married Amy Christiana, daughter of George Swan Nottage, Lord Mayor of London, in 1881. She died in 1947. Lord Palmer survived her by a year and died in December 1948, aged 90. He was succeeded in his titles by his son Cecil.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ‘PALMER’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016
  2. ^ Biography of Samuel Ernest Palmer, 1st Baron Palmer. Archives at the Royal College of Music. www.aim25.ac.uk.
  3. ^ Biography of Samuel Ernest Palmer, 1st Baron Palmer. Archives at the Royal College of Music. www.aim25.ac.uk.
  4. ^ "No. 29483". The London Gazette. 22 February 1916. p. 1946. 
  5. ^ "No. 33954". The London Gazette. 27 June 1933. p. 4296. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Walter Whigham
High Sheriff of the County of London
1924–1925
Succeeded by
Arthur Whitworth
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Palmer
1933–1948
Succeeded by
Cecil Palmer
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Reading, Berkshire)
1916–1948
Succeeded by
Cecil Palmer