James Stuart-Wortley (Conservative politician)

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James Archibald Stuart-Wortley, PC, QC (3 July 1805 – 22 August 1881)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician.

The youngest son of James Archibald Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 1st Baron Wharncliffe, he was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.

He became a barrister at the Inner Temple in 1831, rising to be a Queen's Counsel in 1841. He was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford.

He was elected at the 1835 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Halifax,[1] but was defeated at the 1837 general election.[2] He returned to the House of Commons in 1842, when he was elected at an unopposed by-election as MP for Bute, and held that seat until 1859.[3] At the 1859 general election he stood in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but did not win a seat.[2]

In 1846, he was sworn a Privy Counsellor. He held office as Solicitor General for England and Wales under Lord Palmerston from November 1856 until May 1857.


On 6 May 1846 he married Jane Lawley (d.1900), daughter of Lord Wenlock. They had two sons and five daughters:[4]


  1. ^ a b "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "H" (part 2)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 141, 491, 576. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "B" (part 6)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Theroff's Online Gotha". Retrieved 2006-11-30. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rawdon Briggs
Sir Charles Wood
Member of Parliament for Halifax
With: Sir Charles Wood
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Wood
Edward Davis Protheroe
Preceded by
Sir William Rae, Bt
Member of Parliament for Bute
Succeeded by
David Mure
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Bethell
Solicitor General for England and Wales
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Singer Keating