Francis Newdegate

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Sir Francis Newdegate
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12th Governor of Tasmania
In office
30 March 1917 – February, 1920
Preceded by Sir William Ellison-Macartney
Succeeded by Sir William Lamond Allardyce
20th Governor of Western Australia
In office
February, 1920 – 16 June 1924
Preceded by Sir William Ellison-Macartney
Succeeded by Sir William Campion
Personal details
Born 31 December 1862
Chelsea, London, England  United Kingdom
Died 2 January 1936 (1936-01-03) (aged 73)
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England  United Kingdom
Spouse(s) Hon. Elizabeth Sophia Lucia Bagot

Sir Francis Alexander Newdigate Newdegate GCMG (13 December 1862 – 2 January 1936) was an English Conservative Party politician. After over twenty years in the House of Commons, he served as Governor of Tasmania from 1917 to 1920, and Governor of Western Australia from 1920 to 1924.

Born in 1862, he was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Francis William Newdigate and his first wife Charlotte Elizabeth Agnes Sophia Woodford, and grandson of Francis Parker Newdigate. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1883. He married Elizabeth Sophia Lucia Bagot on 13 October 1888.[1]

Newdegate inherited estates at Arbury Hall, near Nuneaton and at Harefield, near Uxbridge, on the death of his father in 1893. He assumed the additional surname "Newdegate", differently spelt, under the terms of the will of an uncle in 1902. In 1911 he erected, at Arbury Hall, a monument to the memory of George Eliot, whose father had been employed on the Arbury estate.

He was Member of Parliament for Nuneaton from 1892 to 1906, and for Tamworth from 1909 to 1917. He was on 14 February 1917 appointed Steward of the Manor of Northstead, a mechanism for resigning from the House of Commons, on his appointment as Governor of Tasmania.[2][3]

He was awarded the KCMG in 1917 upon his appointment as Governor of Tasmania (1917 to 1920). He was appointed Governor of Western Australia in 1920 where he served until 1924. On retirement he was promoted GCMG in 1925. The Western Australian town of Newdegate is named after him.[citation needed]

He was appointed High Steward of the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield in 1925. On his death in 1936 his estates passed to his daughter Lucia, who in 1919, had married John Maurice Fitzroy, father of the 3rd Viscount Daventry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Elizabeth Sophia Lucia Bagot,
  2. ^ |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 15 February 1917. col. 767. 
  3. ^ "House of Commons". Politics and Parliament. The Times (41404). London. 16 February 1917. col C, p. 8. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Dugdale
Member of Parliament for Nuneaton
1892 – 1906
Succeeded by
William Johnson
Preceded by
Sir Philip Muntz
Member of Parliament for Tamworth
Succeeded by
Henry Wilson-Fox
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir William Ellison-Macartney
Governor of Tasmania
1917 – 1920
Succeeded by
Sir William Lamond Allardyce
Preceded by
Sir William Ellison-Macartney
Governor of Western Australia
1920 – 1924
Succeeded by
Sir William Campion