Cross was born at Mortfield, Halliwell, Bolton the son of Thomas Cross J.P. of Ruddington Hall, Nottinghamshire and Mortfield, Lancashire and his wife Ellen Mann, daughter of Joseph Mann of Liverpool. He was educated at Seafield House School at Lytham St Annes, Harrow School and Exeter College, Oxford. He was a partner in the Mortfield Bleach Works. He was a J.P. for Lancashire and Hertfordshire and a captain in the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Cavalry. In 1884, he assumed the name Shepherd-Cross by Royal Licence.
At the 1885 general election Shepherd-Cross was elected MP for Bolton. He held the seat until 1906. In 1896 he purchased the Palewell estate at East Sheen for development, and within a few years 150 houses had been built there. He also bequeathed land in his will to what would become All Saints Church, East Sheen.
Shepherd married in 1870 Lucy Mary Shepherd Birley daughter of Rev. John Shepherd Birley of Kirkham, Lancashire.
- Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1886
- Famous Boltonians
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Barnes History
- Halfpenny Green - Postcards from Barnes and Mortlake. Picton. pp. 40–41. ISBN 0-948251-78-6.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Herbert Shepherd-Cross
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John Kynaston Cross
John Pennington Thomasson
|Member of Parliament for Bolton
1885 – 1906
With: Francis Charles Bridgeman 1885-1895
George Harwood 1895-1906
Alfred Henry Gill
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