George Gibbs, 1st Baron Wraxall

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Wraxall
1906 George Gibbs.jpg
Gibbs in 1906
Treasurer of the Household
In office
Preceded by Bolton Eyres-Monsell
Succeeded by Thomas Griffiths
In office
Preceded by Thomas Griffiths
Succeeded by George Hennessy
Personal details
Born 6 July 1873
Died 28 October 1931 (aged 58)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

George Abraham Gibbs, 1st Baron Wraxall, PC (6 July 1873 – 28 October 1931), was a British Conservative politician.

Educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford Gibbs was the eldest of the seven sons of Major Antony Gibbs and Janet Louisa Merivale, daughter of John Louis Merivale. His grandfather, William Gibbs, was the younger brother of George Henry Gibbs, the father of Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham, while his great-grandfather, Antony Gibbs, was the founder of the firm Antony Gibbs & Sons, bankers and merchants.

Military career[edit]

Gibbs was appointed a captain in the Yeomanry regiment the North Somerset Yeomanry on 25 September 1895. Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in late 1899 he volunteered for active service, and on 28 February 1900 was appointed a lieutenant in the Imperial Yeomanry,[1] where he served in the 48th (North Somerset) Company in the 7th Battalion. He was later colonel of the North Somerset Yeomanry, and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset in 1911.[2]

Political Career[edit]

In 1906 Gibbs was elected Member of Parliament for Bristol West (succeeding Sir Michael Hicks-Beach), a seat he would hold until 1928. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Colonial Secretary Walter Hume Long, 1st Viscount Long (his father-in-law) and as a government whip from 1917 to 1921 in the coalition ministry of David Lloyd George. In 1921 he was appointed Treasurer of the Household, a post he continued to hold also under Bonar Law and Baldwin until 1924 and again from 1924 to 1928. Gibbs was sworn of the Privy Council in 1923[3] and in 1928 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Wraxall, of Clyst St George in the County of Devon.[4][5]


Lord Wraxall married firstly Victoria Florence de Burgh Long, daughter of Walter Long, 1st Viscount Long. They had three children, one daughter and two sons. Both of the sons died as infants. After his first wife’s death in 1920, Lord Wraxall married secondly, Hon. Ursula Mary Lawley, daughter of Sir Arthur Lawley (later the 6th Baron Wenlock). They had two sons, successively the 2nd and 3rd Barons Wraxall.

Lord Wraxall died from pneumonia in October 1931, aged 58. He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son from his second marriage, George Richard Lawley Gibbs, 2nd Baron Wraxall.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1873–1906: Mr George Gibbs
  • 1906–1911: Mr George Gibbs MP
  • 1911–1923: Mr George Gibbs DL MP
  • 1923–1928: The Rt Hon. George Gibbs DL MP
  • 1928–1931: The Rt Hon. The Lord Wraxall PC DL


  1. ^ "no. 27169". The London Gazette. 27 February 1900. p. 1352. 
  2. ^ "no. 28461". The London Gazette. 31 January 1911. p. 778. 
  3. ^ "no. 32843". The London Gazette. 10 July 1923. p. 4777. 
  4. ^ "no. 33347". The London Gazette. 13 January 1928. p. 290. 
  5. ^ "no. 14409". The Edinburgh Gazette. 17 January 1928. p. 70. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Michael Hicks Beach
Member of Parliament for Bristol West
Succeeded by
Cyril Tom Culverwell
Political offices
Preceded by
Bolton Eyres-Monsell
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
Thomas Griffiths
Preceded by
Thomas Griffiths
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
George Hennessy
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Wraxall
Succeeded by
George Richard Lawley Gibbs