Rainald Knightley, 1st Baron Knightley

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"a fine old Tory"
Knightley as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, November 1881

Rainald Knightley, 1st Baron Knightley (22 October 1819 – 19 December 1895), known as Sir Rainald Knightley, 3rd Baronet, from 1864 to 1892, was a British Conservative Party politician.


Knightley was the son of Sir Charles Knightley, 2nd Baronet of Fawsley, and his wife Selina Mary, daughter of F. L. Hervey.[1] In 1864 he inherited the baronetcy and the Fawsley estate on the death of his father.

Political career[edit]

Knightley entered Parliament for Northamptonshire South in 1852 (succeeding his father), a seat he held until 1892. In 1892 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Knightley, of Fawsley in the County of Northampton.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Knightley married Louisa Mary, daughter of General Sir Edward Bowater, in 1869. The marriage was childless. He died in December 1895, aged 76, when the barony became extinct. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his first cousin Valentine Knightley. Lady Knightley died in October 1913.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Charles Knightley, Bt
Richard Henry Howard Vyse
Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire South
1852 – 1892
With: Richard Henry Howard Vyse 1852–1857
Viscount Althorp 1857–1858
Henry Cartwright 1858–1868
Fairfax William Cartwright 1868–1881
Pickering Phipps 1881–1885
Succeeded by
David Charles Guthrie
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Knightley
1892 – 1895
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Knightley
(of Fawsley)
Succeeded by
Valentine Knightley