Roger Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarbrough

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The Earl of Scarbrough
Governor of Bombay
In office
18 September 1937 – 24 March 1943[1]
Preceded byRobert Duncan Bell
Succeeded byJohn Colville
Under-Secretary of State for India and Burma
In office
Preceded byThe Earl of Listowel
Succeeded byArthur Henderson
Member of Parliament
for York
In office
27 October 1931 – 6 May 1937
Preceded byFrederick George Burgess
Succeeded byCharles Wood
Member of Parliament
for Kingston upon Hull East
In office
15 November 1922 – 10 May 1929
Preceded byGeorge Murchison
Succeeded byGeorge Muff
Personal details
Lawrence Roger Lumley

(1896-07-27)27 July 1896
Northumberland, England
Died29 June 1969(1969-06-29) (aged 72)
Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political partyConservative
Katherine Isobel McEwen
(m. 1922)
Children5 (including Richard)
EducationEton College
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/service British Army
Years of service1916–1946

Lawrence Roger Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarbrough, KG, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, TD, PC, DL (27 July 1896 – 29 June 1969) was a British Conservative politician and British Army general.


Lumley was the son of Brigadier General Osbert Lumley (1857-1923), youngest child and son of the 9th Earl. His mother was Constance Ellinor Wilson-Patten (1864-1933), granddaughter of John Wilson-Patten, 1st Baron Winmarleigh. He attended Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford.


Lumley followed his father into the military, passing out from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 11th Hussars on 26 January 1916,[2] and was promoted to lieutenant on 26 July 1917.[3] He served in France during World War I. He was demobilised on 3 June 1919, with the rank of lieutenant,[4] but retained a reserve lieutenant's commission in the 11th Hussars, as well as being attached to the Yorkshire Dragoons.[5] From 1920 to 1921, he was attached to an Officer Training Corps (OTC) University Contingent, with the local rank of captain.[6]

Lumley sat in the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Kingston upon Hull East 1922–29, then York 1931–37. In 1923 he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to William Ormsby-Gore, from 1924 to 1926 to Sir Austen Chamberlain and subsequently to Anthony Eden. On 8 March 1931, he was promoted to captain in the reserves in both the 11th Hussars and the Yorkshire Dragoons.[7][8] He was brevetted to the rank of major in the Yorkshire Dragoons on 1 January 1937,[9] and was awarded the Efficiency Decoration on 11 May.[10] In 1937, he was appointed Governor of Bombay, serving until 1943, when he was appointed Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India. Upon his return from India, Lumley served as acting Major-General in World War II, serving as Chief of Civil Affairs, War Office. Following the War, he continued his connections with the Army, as an honorary colonel. He succeeded to the Earldom of Scarbrough in 1945 following the death of his uncle. He served as Lord Chamberlain from 1952 to 1963 and chancellor of the University of Durham from 1958 to 1969. He was made a Knight Companion of the Garter in 1948.

Outside politics, the Earl had a keen interest in Asian and African studies. He presided over the Interdepartmental Commission of Enquiry on Oriental, Slavonic, East European and African Studies set up after the Second World War to consider how Britain might maintain and increase the links it had built up during the war in the geographical areas under the Commission's consideration. The Commission's report, presented in 1947, argued for considerable strengthening of university departments' capacity to carry out research and training related to these areas, and for significant funds to be made available to this end. However, after five years of strong growth following the presentation of the Scarbrough report, in 1952 much of the funding was withdrawn.[11]

Lumley was initiated into freemasonry on 3 May 1923 in Apollo University Lodge No 357 in Oxford. From 1951 to 1967 he served as the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, during which time he was also made an honorary member of Isaac Newton University Lodge when attending its centenary.[12] Lumley, alongside Eric James, Baron James of Rusholme was a Patron of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society.[13]


Lumley married Katherine Isobel McEwen, sister of Sir John McEwen, 1st Baronet on 12 July 1922 at St Margaret's, Westminster. They had five children:


  1. ^ "Colonial administrators and post-independence leaders in India (1616–2000)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "No. 29450". The London Gazette. 25 January 1916. p. 1007.
  3. ^ "No. 30537". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 February 1918. p. 2314.
  4. ^ "No. 31369". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 May 1919. p. 6774.
  5. ^ "No. 31369". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 May 1919. p. 6777.
  6. ^ "No. 31873". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 April 1920. p. 4674.
  7. ^ "No. 33712". The London Gazette. 1 May 1931. p. 2805.
  8. ^ "No. 33782". The London Gazette. 22 December 1931. p. 8256.
  9. ^ "No. 34356". The London Gazette. 1 January 1937. p. 15.
  10. ^ "No. 34397". The London Gazette. 11 May 1937. p. 3113.
  11. ^ Report of the Sub-Committee on Oriental, Slavonic, East European and African Studies (Hayter Report). London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1961. pp. 6–40.
  12. ^ "History - INUL - Isaac Newton University Lodge No. 859 - Cambridge".
  13. ^ W. Wilfred Taylor (1970). "Obituary: The Rt Hon The Early of Scarbrough". Annual Report of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society for 1970: 9.
  14. ^ "Telegraph announcements". Retrieved 30 October 2019.

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