Leicester Harmsworth

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Sir Leicester Harmsworth, Bt
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Born (1870-11-01)1 November 1870
Rose Cottage, The Vale, Hampstead, London, England[1]
Died 19 January 1937(1937-01-19) (aged 66)
The Manor House, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. Buried at St. Marylebone Cemetery, East Finchley, Middlesex, England[1]
Nationality British
Education St Marylebone Grammar School
Occupation Publisher, Businessman, Politician
Title 1st Baronet
Spouse(s) Annie Louisa
Children Alfred Leicester St. Barbe Harmsworth (1892–1962)
Robert Lovel St. John Harmsworth (1893–1920)
Harold Cecil Aubrey Harmsworth (1897–1952)
Annie Mary Geraldine Harmsworth (1900-1990)
Violet Lilian Rosemary Harmsworth (1902-1986)
Arthur Geoffrey Annesley Harmsworth (1904–1980)
Margaret Rosabelle Northcliffe Harmsworth (1911-1990)
Parent(s) Alfred Harmsworth & Geraldine Mary Maffett
Relatives Cecil Harmsworth (brother)
Alfred Harmsworth (brother)
Harold Harmsworth (brother)

Sir Robert Leicester Harmsworth, 1st Baronet (1 November 1870 – 19 January 1937), was a British businessman and Liberal politician.


Harmsworth was the fourth son of Alfred Harmsworth, a barrister, and Geraldine Mary, daughter of William Maffett; and was educated at St Marylebone Grammar School. He was the brother of Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe, Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, Cecil Harmsworth, 1st Baron Harmsworth and Sir Hildebrand Harmsworth, 1st Baronet.[1]


Harmsworth was a director of Amalgamated Press, the publishing company owned by his brother, Lord Northcliffe.[1] In 1900 he was returned to Parliament for Caithness, a seat he held until 1918, and then represented Caithness and Sutherland between 1918 and 1922.[1][2] In 1918 he was created a Baronet, of Moray Lodge in the Royal Borough of Kensington.[1][2]


Harmsworth married Annie Louisa, daughter of Thomas Scott, in 1892. They had four sons and three daughters. He died in January 1937, aged 66, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Alfred. Lady Harmsworth died in December 1963.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Gavin Brown Clark
Member of Parliament for Caithness
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Caithness and Sutherland
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Sinclair, Bt
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Moray Lodge)
Succeeded by
Alfred Leicester St Barbe Harmsworth