Hugh Seely, 1st Baron Sherwood

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The Lord Sherwood
Hugh Seely, 1st Baron Sherwood.jpg
Under-Secretary of State for Air
In office
Serving with The Lord Balfour of Inchrye (1941–44)
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded byAnthony Muirhead
Succeeded byRupert Brabner
Member of Parliament
for Berwick-upon-Tweed
In office
14 November 1935 – 14 August 1941
Preceded byAlfred Todd
Succeeded byGeorge Grey
Member of Parliament
for East Norfolk
In office
6 December 1923 – 29 October 1924
Preceded byMichael Falcon
Succeeded byReginald Neville
Personal details
Born(1898-10-02)2 October 1898
Died1 April 1970(1970-04-01) (aged 71)
Political partyLiberal
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of service1914–1918
UnitGrenadier Guards
Battles/warsFirst World War

Hugh Michael Seely, 1st Baron Sherwood (2 October 1898 – 1 April 1970) was a British Liberal politician. He was the third baronet of the Seely family, of Sherwood Lodge, Nottinghamshire.

Seely was educated at Eton College and became a lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for East Norfolk from 1923 to 1924, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 1925 and MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed from 1935 to 1941. He was the Joint Under-Secretary of State for Air during a large part of the Second World War (1941–45). In 1946 he acquired and was Chairman of the famous gunmaker James Purdey and Sons.[1]

He married Molly Patricia Chetwode, (née Berry), daughter of William Ewart Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose, who owned The Daily Telegraph newspaper. He was created Baron Sherwood, of Calverton in the County of Nottingham on 14 August 1941;[2] the barony became extinct when he died in 1970 without children. His brother Victor Seely inherited the baronetcy. Victor's son Sir Nigel Edward Seely (28 July 1923 – 25 April 2019) was the 5th Baronet. Lord Sherwood was a member of a family of politicians, industrialists and significant landowners. His great-grandfather Charles Seely (1803–1887), grandfather Sir Charles Seely, 1st Baronet, father Sir Charles Seely, 2nd Baronet, and uncle John Edward Bernard Seely, 1st Baron Mottistone were all Members of Parliament.

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  1. ^ "Purdey History". Purdey: Gun & Rifle Makers. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  2. ^ "No. 35251". The London Gazette. 19 August 1941. p. 4808.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Falcon
Member of Parliament for East Norfolk
Succeeded by
Reginald Neville
Preceded by
Alfred Todd
Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed
Succeeded by
George Charles Grey
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Seely
(of Sherwood Lodge and Brooke House)
Succeeded by
Victor Seely
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Sherwood