John Dodson, 2nd Baron Monk Bretton
The only son of the first Lord Monk Bretton, Dodson was educated at Eton (1883–1887), and New College, Oxford, (BA, 1891, 3rd class, Modern history). Was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, June, 1891.
In 1894 he entered the Diplomatic Service. Appointed Honorary Attaché to the Legation at Tangier, December 28, 1896; and was for some time Honorary Attaché at Constantinople. Variously also appointed Honorary Attache to the Embassy at Paris, February 1, 1894. Transferred to Constantinople, October 1, 1895. He was an Honorary Attache in Paris (from 1 February 1894) and Constantinople (from 1 October 1895), where he made reports on the massacre of Armenian Christians at Constantinople, 1896, and returned to England after succeeding to the barony on 25 May 1897. He resigned on 1 October 1897.
From March 1899 to November 1900 he was assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Lord Salisbury, and then 1900–1903 he was Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for the Colonies, Joseph Chamberlain, in South Africa.
Between 1912–1914 he was Alderman of the London County Council (LCC); after the war he represented Wandsworth, (Clapham Division) from 1922; he was chairman of the Parliamentary Committee (1925–1929); and he was chairman of the Council itself, 1929–1930. This was a suitable peak as Joe Chamberlain had once said of him: 'Monk Bretton knows more about local government than any other man of my acquaintance'.
The Times obituary described him:
- 'Throughout his life he showed an unflagging perseverance in every sphere to which he devoted himself, but he never allowed his industry to overwhelm him, as it does with some with his temperament'.
He was also a JP; Deputy Lieutenant (Sussex); in politics a Unionist; a subaltern in 1st Cinque Port Rifle Volunteers, and during the First World War he was a Major in the Sussex Yeomanry and was attached to the Naval Intelligence Department. He was a member of the Travellers' and Brooks's Clubs.
In London he lived at 6 Seamore place, Mayfair (that whole street was demolished c. 1938), then at 16 Princes Gardens, Knightsbridge SW7, and finally at 11 Vale Avenue (The Vale), SW3. He died aged 63 in a nursing home in Brighton on 29 July and was buried in the family vault at Barcombe in East Sussex, on 1 August 1933. He was succeeded by his only son, John Charles Dodson.
|John William Dodson (1869–1933)||Father:
John George Dodson, 1st Baron Monk Bretton
Sir John Dodson, Kt, PC, LLD (1780–1858), MP (Rye, East Sussex), Dean of the Arches.
Rev. John Dodson (1734–1807), DD. Rector of Hurstpierpoint and Yoxall, Staffordshire. Son of Rev. Christopher Dodson (1705–1784), 51 years rector of Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.
Frances, daughter of Rev. John Dawson, of Stapenhill house, Burton-on-Trent, co. Derby (resigned as vicar of Stapenhill, Bakewell in 1738).
Frances Priscilla Pearson (1788–1869)
George Pearson (1751–1828) of Leicester square (and then Hanover square), and Tyers Hill, Yorkshire. FRS (1791), MD. Eminent chemist and chief physician of St George's Hospital. Friend of Kemble. From a Rotherham family. Grandson of Nataniel Pearson (d.1767), 40 years vicar of Stainton (this church closed in 1835), Doncaster.
Frances, Mrs Pearson
Caroline Florence Campion (d.1912). They married in 1856. She died at 16 Princes gardens.
William John Campion (1804–1869) of Danny. They married in 1829.
William John Campion (1770–1855), of Danny, near Hurstpierpoint.
Jane (d.1857), daughter of Mottley Austen.
Thomas Read Kemp (1782–1844), of Kemptown, Brighthelmston (Brighton).
Frances (d.1825), 4th daughter of Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt
- FCO directory and Monk Bretton Papers, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
- when Sir Eric Barrington was Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
- The Times, 31 July 1933.
- Gentleman's magazine, volume one, pages 129–132, February 1929, (on George Pearson).
- Foreign Office List & Diplomatic & Consular Hand Book, 1905.
- Dod's Parliamentary Companion for 1932, Dod, London, 1932.
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
John George Dodson, 1st Baron Monk Bretton
| Baron Monk Bretton
John Charles Dodson, 3rd Baron Monk Bretton
Sir Cecil Levita
| Chairman of the London County Council
Robert Inigo Tasker