John Dickson-Poynder, 1st Baron Islington
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Islington
GCMG GBE DSO PC
Lord Islington in 1911.
|15th Governor of New Zealand|
22 June 1910 – 3 December 1912
|Preceded by||The Lord Plunket|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Liverpool|
31 October 1866|
Isle of Wight
|Died||6 December 1936
Hyde Park Gardens, London
John Poynder Dickson-Poynder, 1st Baron Islington, GCMG, GBE, DSO, PC (31 October 1866 – 6 December 1936), born John Poynder Dickson and known as Sir John Poynder Dickson(-Poynder) from 1884 to 1910, was a British politician. He was Governor of New Zealand between 1910 and 1912.
The son of Rear Admiral John Bourmaster Dickson, he was born on the Isle of Wight and educated at Twyford School, Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1884 he succeeded his uncle as sixth baronet, and on succeeding to his maternal uncle's property he assumed by royal licence the additional surname of Poynder in 1888. The Poynder estates in Wiltshire included Hilmarton near Calne, and Hartham near Corsham, where Dickson-Poynder carried out alterations c. 1888. He married Anne Beauclerk Dundas (c.1869-1958) the daughter of James Dundas of Dundas and granddaughter of Baron Napier of Magdala.
Member of Parliament
He was appointed High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1890. Elected Conservative Member of Parliament for the Chippenham constituency in 1892, he joined the Liberals in 1905. He was a member of London County Council from 1898 to 1904.
Dickson-Poynder was first commissioned into the volunteer battalion of the Royal Scots, but transferred to the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry where he was promoted to Captain on 7 December 1898. He volunteered for service in the Second Boer War, and was commissioned a lieutenant in the 1st Battalion (Wiltshire Company) Imperial Yeomanry on 7 February 1900, leaving Liverpool for South Africa on the SS Cymric in March 1900. He later served on the Staff as aide-de-camp to Lord Methuen, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in November 1900. Following his resignation from the Imperial Yeomanry, he was on 5 February 1901 granted the rank of honorary lieutenant of the Army. The following year, he was promoted to major in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry on 31 May 1902.
Governor of New Zealand
In 1910 Dickson was appointed Governor of New Zealand, a post he held for two years, and on 27 April that same year, was created Baron Islington, of Islington in the County of London. He was the last Governor of New Zealand to hold the title before it changed to Governor General during the office of his successor. He was made a KCMG and Privy Counsellor in 1911, and in 1912 was appointed President of the Royal Commission on the Public Services of India, on which he served with Lord Ronaldshay, Herbert Fisher, Mr Justice Abdur Rahim, and others.
Two years later he became Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, and in 1915 he became Under-Secretary of State for India. He also chaired the Imperial Institute for eight years, and was in charge of the National Savings Committee from 1920 until 1926, when he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE), having become Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) thirteen years before.
Lord Islington died on 6 December 1936 aged 70 at Hyde Park Gardens, London, and was buried at Hilmarton, Wiltshire, his barony and baronetcy becoming extinct at his death. Lady Islington subsequently rented Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire, where she ran a nursery during the Second World War.
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- "The War - Embarcation of Troops". The Times (36078). London. 1 March 1900. p. 7.
- "No. 27359". The London Gazette. 27 September 1901. p. 6306.
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- "History talk focuses on wartime nursery and children's homes". UWE Bristol. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lord Islington
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Lord Henry Bruce
|Member of Parliament for Chippenham
The Lord Plunket
|Governor of New Zealand
The Earl of Liverpool
The Lord Emmott
|Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
Charles Henry Roberts
|Under-Secretary of State for India
The Lord Sinha
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Baron Islington
(of Hardingham Hall)