Henry Thring, 1st Baron Thring

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"He has written on Companies". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1893.

Henry Thring, 1st Baron Thring KCB (3 November 1818 – 4 February 1907), was a British lawyer and civil servant.


Henry was born in Alford, Somerset to Rev John Gale Dalton Thring (1784–1874), the Rector of Alford and later rural Dean for Cary; and Sarah née Jenkyns (1791–1891).[1]

Career in the civil service[edit]

Thring was appointed First Parliamentary Counsel when that office was established in 1869, a position he held until 1901. He became known for his role as a parliamentary draftsman and as an innovator in the framing of legislation.[2] Thring was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1872,[3] and promoted to Knight Commander (KCB) in 1873.[4] In 1886 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Thring, of Alderhurst in the County of Surrey.[5] He was a regular contributor in the House of Lords until 1905.[6] Apart from his career in parliament he also served on the Council of the Royal College of Music.[2]


He married Elizabeth née Cardwell (1822–1897) in 1856; they had one daughter, the Hon Katharine Annie Thring (1861–1947) who did not marry.[1]

Lord Thring died in February 1907, aged 88, when the barony became extinct.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1818–1872: Mr Henry Thring
  • 1872–1873: Mr Henry Thring CB
  • 1873–1886: Sir Henry Thring KCB
  • 1886–1907: The Right Honourable The Lord Thring KCB


  1. ^ a b Venn, John (1954). Alumni Cantabrigienses: Part II Vol 4. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. p. 183. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b aim25.ac.uk THRING, Henry, 1st Baron Thring (1818-1907)
  3. ^ "no. 23931". The London Gazette. 24 December 1872. p. 6429. 
  4. ^ "no. 23962". The London Gazette. 28 March 1873. p. 1711. 
  5. ^ "no. 25617". The London Gazette. 17 August 1886. p. 4007. 
  6. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Mr Henry Thring

External links[edit]

Government offices
New office First Parliamentary Counsel
Succeeded by
Sir Courtenay Ilbert
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Thring