John North (MP)

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"a Tory". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1878.

John Sidney North PC (1804 – 11 October 1894),[1] known as John Doyle until 1838, was a British soldier and Conservative Party politician. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for 33 years.[1]


Born John Doyle, he was the son of Lieutenant-General Sir Charles William Doyle.

Political and military career[edit]

At the 1852 general election, North was returned to Parliament as one of three Members for Oxfordshire,[2] a seat he held until the constituency was divided at the 1885 general election.[2] In 1886 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[citation needed] He was also a Colonel in the British Army.


North married Lady Susan, daughter of George North, 3rd Earl of Guilford, in 1835. In 1838 he assumed by Royal licence the surname of North. In 1841 the barony of North held by Lord Guildford was called out of abeyance in favour of Lady Susan, who became the tenth Baroness North. She died in March 1884, aged 87, and was succeeded by her and North’s son, William. North survived his wife by ten years and died in October 1894, aged 90.


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O" [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 442–443. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Harcourt
Lord Norreys
Joseph Warner Henley
Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire
With: George Harcourt 1852–1862
Joseph Warner Henley 1852–1878
John William Fane 1862–1868
William Cornwallis Cartwright 1868–1885
Edward Vernon Harcourt 1878–1885
Constituency divided