Robert Gurdon, 1st Baron Cranworth

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Robert Thornhagh Gurdon, 1st Baron Cranworth DL (18 June 1829 – 13 October 1902) was a British Member of Parliament.

Cranworth was the eldest son of Brampton Gurdon of Letton Hall in Norfolk and of Grundisbugh Hall in Suffolk. He was elected to the House of Commons for South Norfolk as a Liberal in 1880, a seat he held until 1885, when he was returned for Mid Norfolk. In 1886 he split with the Liberal leader William Ewart Gladstone over Irish Home Rule, and joined the Liberal Unionists. Cranworth continued to represent Mid Norfolk until 1892, and then again briefly in 1895. He was Chairman of the Norfolk County Council from its institution and until early 1902, when he resigned due to ill health.[1]

In 1899 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Cranworth, of Letton and Cranworth in the County of Norfolk.

Lord Cranworth married, firstly, Harriott Ellin Miles, daughter of Sir William Miles, 1st Baronet, in 1862 and they had a daughter, Amy Harriott Gurden, in 1864. After her death in childbirth in 1864 he married, secondly, Emily Frances, daughter of Robert Boothby Heathcote, in 1874. He died in October 1902, aged 73, and was succeeded in the barony by his son from his second marriage Bertram Francis Gurdon. Lady Cranworth died in 1934.


  1. ^ "Court circular" The Times (London). Monday, 6 January 1902. (36657), p. 7.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Clare Sewell Read
Sir Robert Jacob Buxton
Member of Parliament for South Norfolk
1880 –1885
With: Sir Robert Jacob Buxton
Succeeded by
Francis Taylor
New constituency Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk
Succeeded by
Clement Higgins
Preceded by
Clement Higgins
Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk
April 1895July 1895
Succeeded by
Frederick William Wilson
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Cranworth
Succeeded by
Bertram Francis Gurdon