Philip Morrell

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Philip Morrell in 1903

Philip Edward Morrell, (4 June 1870 – 5 January 1943)[1] was a British Liberal politician.


Morrell was the son of Frederic Morrell, a solicitor of Black Hall, Oxford, by his wife Harriette Anne, daughter of the President of St John's College, Oxford and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, the Rev. Philip Wynter DD. The Morrell family had made its fortune as brewers of beer, and Philip Morrell's grandfather was a trustee of the family brewery. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford.

Political career[edit]

He was adopted as the Liberal candidate for Henley in September 1902, on the advice of H. H. Asquith,[2] and was elected as such in the following election in 1906. He served in that constituency to 1910 and in Burnley from 1910 to 1918. He was the only non-Conservative MP for Henley.

Personal life[edit]

Morrell married in London on 8 February 1902 Lady Ottoline Cavendish-Bentinck, half-sister of the 6th Duke of Portland.[3] Lady Ottoline became an influential society hostess. They shared what would now be known as an open marriage for the rest of their lives.[4]

His extramarital affairs produced several children who were cared for by his wife, who also struggled to conceal evidence of his mental instability.[4] The Morrells themselves had two children (twins): a son, Hugh, who died in infancy; and a daughter, Julian Morrell (1906–1983),[4] whose first marriage was to Victor Goodman and second marriage was to Igor Vinogradoff.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Probate Calendar (1943): MORRELL Philip Edward
  2. ^ "Election intelligence". The Times (36876). London. 18 September 1902. p. 5.
  3. ^ "Court circular". The Times (36687). London. 10 February 1902. p. 6.
  4. ^ a b c Rolphe, Katie. Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages Random House Digital, Inc.: New York, 2008
  5. ^ "Julian Ottoline Vinogradoff (née Morrell) (1906-1989), Daughter of Lady Ottoline Morrell; married firstly Victor Goodman (by whom she had three children),and secondly Igor Vinogradoff". Retrieved 20 January 2013.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Hermon-Hodge
Member of Parliament for Henley
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
Valentine Fleming
Preceded by
Gerald Arbuthnot
Member of Parliament for Burnley
December 19101918
Succeeded by
Dan Irving