Evelyn Emmet, Baroness Emmet of Amberley

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The Baroness Emmet of Amberley
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
In office
26 May 1955 – 3 February 1965
Prime MinisterAnthony Eden
Preceded byRalph Clarke
Succeeded byGeoffrey Johnson-Smith
Personal details
Evelyn Violet Elizabeth Rodd

(1899-03-18)18 March 1899
Died10 October 1980(1980-10-10) (aged 81)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Thomas Addis Emmet
RelationsCrispin Money-Coutts, 9th Baron Latymer (grandson)
ParentsLilias Georgina Guthrie
Rennell Rodd, 1st Baron Rennell
EducationSt Margaret's School, Bushey
Alma materLady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Evelyn Violet Elizabeth Emmet, Baroness Emmet of Amberley DL (née Rodd; 18 March 1899 – 10 October 1980) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Early life[edit]

Emmet was the daughter of Lilias Georgina (Guthrie) and the diplomat Rennell Rodd, 1st Baron Rennell. Among her siblings were Francis Rodd, 2nd Baron Rennell (who married the Hon. Mary Constance Vivian Smith), Hon. Gloria Rodd (wife of painter Simon Elwes), Hon. Peter Rodd (who married Nancy Mitford, one of the famous Mitford sisters), and Hon. Gustaf Rodd (who married Yvonne Mary Marling, daughter of diplomat Sir Charles Murray Marling).[1]

She was educated at St Margaret's School, Bushey and at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.


She was a member of London County Council from 1925 to 1934, representing Hackney North, and a member of West Sussex County Council from 1946 to 1967. Emmet was the first Chairman of the Children's Committee of West Sussex County Council and also Chairman of the Child Guidance Committees.[2]

Emmet was a member of the Conservative Women's National Advisory Committee 1951 to 1954.[3]

At the 1955 general election, she was elected as Member of Parliament for East Grinstead. She held the seat until 1965, when she was elevated to a life peerage as Baroness Emmet of Amberley, of Amberley in the County of Sussex,[4] triggering a by-election in East Grinstead.[5]

In the House of Lords, she served as deputy speaker from 1968 to 1977.[6]

Personal life[edit]

On 9 June 1923, she was married to Thomas Addis Emmet, a son of Maj. Robert Emmet (and descendant of Thomas Addis Emmet) and the former Louise Garland (daughter of James Albert Garland). Emmet was a cousin of New York philanthropist Charles Garland. Together, they were the parents of four children:[7]

Lady Emmet died on 10 October 1980.[7]


Coat of arms of Evelyn Emmet, Baroness Emmet of Amberley
Azure a fess Ermine in chief a port between two towers Argent and in base a bull's head caboshed between two trefoils slipped.
Dexter a representation of St Wilfrid in processional vestments, sinister a representation of St Richard of Chichester in mass vestments at his feet a chalice, all Proper.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (To The Greater Glory Of God) [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rennell, Baron (UK, 1933)". www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk. Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  2. ^ Hansard, House of Lords, Vol. 302, Col. 1173, 19 June 1969
  3. ^ Evelyn Emmet at the Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics.
  4. ^ "No. 43511". The London Gazette. 8 December 1964. p. 10447.
  5. ^ "No. 43571". The London Gazette. 9 February 1965. p. 1373.
  6. ^ "Emmet, Evelyn Violet Elizabeth, Baroness Emmet of Amberley (1899–1980)". A historical dictionary of British women (2nd ed.). Routledge. 2003. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-85743-228-2.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Dale, Iain; Smith, Jacqui (2018). The Honourable Ladies: Volume I: Profiles of Women MPs 1918–1996. Biteback Publishing. p. 239. ISBN 978-1-78590-449-3. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  8. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 1973.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ralph Clarke
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Johnson-Smith