Herbert Jessel, 1st Baron Jessel

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Colonel Herbert Merton Jessel, 1st Baron Jessel CB, CMG, TD, DL, JP (27 October 1866 – 1 November 1950), known as Sir Herbert Jessel, Bt, between 1917 and 1924, was a British soldier and Liberal Unionist, later Conservative politician.


Jessel was the younger son of Sir George Jessel, Solicitor-General and Master of the Rolls, by Amelia Moses, daughter of Joseph Moses. Sir Charles Jessel, 1st Baronet, of Ladham House, was his elder brother (see Jessel Baronets). He was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford.[1]

Jessel was returned to Parliament as a Liberal Unionist for St Pancras South in an 1896 by-election (succeeding his deceased father-in-law Sir Julian Goldsmid).[2] He also served as the third Mayor of Westminster in 1902-03. He lost his Parliamentary seat at the Liberal landslide at the 1906 general election but regained the seat as a Conservative in the January 1910 general election.[3] The constituency was abolished in 1918 and Jessel never returned to the House of Commons. He was the Conservative candidate for the Westminster St George's by-election, 1921. He was created a Baronet, of Westminster, in 1917,[4] made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1918 and an officer of the Order of Leopold[5] and Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1919. In 1924 he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Jessel, of Westminster in the County of London.[6]

Lord Jessel married Maud Goldsmid, daughter of Sir Julian Goldsmid, 3rd Baronet, in 1894. They had several children. Lord Jessel died in November 1950, aged 84, and was succeeded by his only son, Edward. Lady Jessel died in October 1965.[1]


  1. ^ a b thepeerage.com Herbert Merton Jessel, 1st Baron Jessel
  2. ^ "No. 26705". The London Gazette. 31 January 1896. p. 587. 
  3. ^ "No. 28338". The London Gazette. 11 February 1910. p. 1035. 
  4. ^ "No. 30224". The London Gazette. 10 August 1917. p. 8130. 
  5. ^ "No. 31393". The London Gazette. 6 June 1919. p. 7401. 
  6. ^ "No. 32898". The London Gazette. 15 January 1924. p. 459. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Julian Goldsmid, Bt
Member of Parliament for St Pancras South
Succeeded by
Philip Whitwell Wilson
Preceded by
Philip Whitwell Wilson
Member of Parliament for St Pancras South
Constituency abolished
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Westminster)
Succeeded by
Edward Herbert Jessel
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Jessel
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Edward Herbert Jessel