Percy Illingworth

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Percy Illingworth
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Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
7 August 1912 – 3 January 1915
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterH. H. Asquith
Preceded byThe Master of Elibank
Succeeded byJohn Gulland
Personal details
Born19 March 1869
Died3 January 1915 (1915-01-04) (aged 45)
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Mary Coats
Alma materJesus College, Cambridge

Percy Holden Illingworth (19 March 1869 – 3 January 1915) was a British Liberal politician. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury under H. H. Asquith between 1912 and 1915.

Background and education[edit]

Illingworth was the third and youngest son of Henry Illingworth, of Bradford, a member of an old Yorkshire family, and his wife Mary, daughter of Sir Isaac Holden, 1st Baronet. Albert Illingworth, 1st Baron Illingworth, was his elder brother.[1] He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he played rugby for the university, winning two sporting 'Blues' in The Varsity Matches of 1889 and 1890. He was called to the Bar, Inner Temple, in 1894. He later served in the Second Boer War.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1906 Illingworth was returned to Parliament for Shipley,[3] and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary for Ireland (James Bryce and Augustine Birrell respectively) from 1906 to 1910.[2] From February 1910[4] to April 1912, he was a Junior Lord of the Treasury under H. H. Asquith. In 1912 Asquith appointed him Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury,[5] a post he held until his sudden death in early 1915. He had been nominated to the Privy Council but died before he could be sworn in.[6]


Illingworth married Mary Mackenzie Coats (b. 1883), daughter of George Coats, of Staneley, Renfrewshire, on 16 January 1907, at Paisley. They had three sons. He died suddenly in January 1915[1] of typhoid fever.[7]


  1. ^ a b Rt. Hon. Sir Percy Holden Illingworth
  2. ^ a b "Illingworth, Percy Holden (ILNT887PH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)
  4. ^ "No. 28346". The London Gazette. 8 March 1910. p. 1681.
  5. ^ "No. 28585". The London Gazette. 27 February 1912. p. 1447.
  6. ^ Privy Counsellors 1915–1968
  7. ^ Jesus College Cambridge Society Annual Report 1915, page 18

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir James Fortescue Flannery, Bt
Member of Parliament for Shipley
Succeeded by
Oswald Partington
Political offices
Preceded by
The Master of Elibank
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
John Gulland
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Master of Elibank
Liberal Chief Whip
Succeeded by
John Gulland