Henry Butler-Johnstone

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Henry Butler-Johnstone (28 August 1809 – 1 April 1879)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician, born Hon. Henry Butler, a younger son of James Butler, 13th Baron Dunboyne. Helater assumed the surname of Johnstone,[2] due to his marriage with Isabella Margaret Munro, daughter of Sir Alexander Munro and niece and heiress of General Johnstone of Corehead.

He was elected at the 1852 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Canterbury,[3][4] but in 1853 the election was declared void on petition, and the writ was suspended until 1854.[4]

Johnstone regained the seat at the 1857 general election,[4][5] was re-elected in 1859[4][6] and resigned from the House of Commons[4] on 27 January 1862 by the procedural device of accepting appointment as Steward of the Manor of Northstead.[7] At the resulting by-election on 6 March 1862, his son Henry Munro-Butler-Johnstone[2] was elected to succeed him as MP for Canterbury.[4]

Butler-Johnstone died on 1 April 1879 at his residence in Mayfair after a long illness.[8]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 2)
  2. ^ a b Mair, Robert Henry (1870). Debrett's Illustrated House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1870. London: Dean & Son. p. 159. 
  3. ^ "No. 21338". The London Gazette. 13 July 1852. p. 1947. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 78–79. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  5. ^ "No. 21983". The London Gazette. 31 March 1857. p. 1179. 
  6. ^ "No. 22258". The London Gazette. 3 May 1859. p. 1811. 
  7. ^ Department of Information Services (14 January 2010). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "General News". Western Daily Press. 3 April 1879. p. 8. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Smythe
Frederick Romilly
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
1852 – 1853
With: Henry Plumptre Gipps
Writ suspended until 1854
Preceded by
Charles Manners Lushington
Sir William Somerville, Bt
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
With: Sir William Somerville, Bt
Succeeded by
Henry Munro-Butler-Johnstone
Sir William Somerville, Bt