Henry Meysey-Thompson, 1st Baron Knaresborough
Henry Meysey Meysey-Thompson, 1st Baron Knaresborough (30 August 1845 – 3 March 1929) was a Liberal (and later Liberal Unionist) politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1880 and 1905 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Knaresborough.
Meysey-Thompson was born at Kirby Hall, near Great Ouseburn, North Yorkshire, the son of Sir Harry Meysey-Thompson, 1st Baronet and his wife Elizabeth Anne Croft, daughter of Sir John Croft, 1st Baronet. He was educated at Eton College and at Trinity College, Cambridge where he won his blue in athletics and was awarded BA in 1868. He became a private secretary to William Ewart Gladstone. In 1874, he succeeded to the Meysey-Thompson baronetcy which had been created for his father less than two months earlier. He was a J.P. for the North and West Ridings of Yorkshire, and captain in the Yorkshire Hussars Yeoman Cavalry.
At the 1880 general election Meysey-Thompson was elected Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Knaresborough, but his election was declared void on 23 July 1880. In 1885 he stood for parliament unsuccessfully at North Lincolnshire. At the 1885 general election he was elected MP for Brigg. However, in 1886, as one of the MPs who opposed Gladstone's Irish Home Rule Bill, he joined the breakaway Liberal Unionist Party, but was not re-elected.
Meysey-Thompson was elected MP for Handsworth (on the outskirts of Birmingham), at the 1892 general election and held that seat until he was ennobled on 26 December 1905 as Baron Knaresborough, of Kirkby Hall in the County of York.
Meysey-Thompson married Ethel Adeline Pottinger, daughter of Sir Henry Pottinger, 3rd Baronet in 1885. Their son Claude died in 1915 at Ypres from wounds received in action in World War I. The peerage became extinct on the death of Lord Knaresborough in 1929 but the baronetcy passed to a nephew. He and Ethel also had four daughters, including Helen Winifred, Lady Newton, mother of Peter Richard Legh, 4th Baron Newton, and Violet Ethel, mother through her first husband of the distinguished soldier Giles Vandeleur, and later wife of Sir Algar Howard.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Basil Thomas Woodd
| Member of Parliament for Knaresborough
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Brigg
Samuel Danks Waddy
Henry Samuel Wiggin
| Member of Parliament for Handsworth
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
Harry Stephen Meysey-Thompson
of Kirby Hall, Yorkshire
Algar de Clifford Charles Meysey-Thompson
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baron Knaresborough
John Lloyd Wharton
| Chairman of the North Eastern Railway
London and North Eastern Railway