Roger Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarbrough

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The Earl of Scarbrough painted by Herbert James Gunn in 1952.

(Lawrence) Roger Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarbrough, KG GCSI GCIE GCVO TD PC DL (27 July 1896 – 29 June 1969) was a British Conservative statesman and former British Army general.


Lumley was the son of Brigadier General Osbert Lumley, youngest child and son of the 9th Earl. He attended Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford.


Lumley followed his father into the military and saw service in World War I with the 11th Hussars in France, 1916–1918. He continued to be attached to the Yorkshire Dragoons.

Lumley sat in the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Hull East 1922–29, then York 1931–37. In 1923 he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to William Ormsby-Gore, from 1924–26 to Sir Austen Chamberlain and subsequently to Anthony Eden. In 1937, he was appointed Governor of Bombay, serving until 1943. Upon his return from India, Lumley served as acting Major-General in World War II. Following the War, he continued his connections with the Army, as an honorary colonel. He succeeded to the Earldom of Scarbrough in 1945 following the death of his uncle. He served as Lord Chamberlain from 1952 to 1963 and chancellor of the University of Durham from 1958 to 1969. He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1948.

Outside politics the Earl had a keen interest in Asian and African studies. He presided over the Interdepartmental Commission of Enquiry on Oriental, Slavonic, East European and African Studies set up after the Second World War to consider how Britain might maintain and increase the links it had built up during the war in the geographical areas under the Commission's consideration. The Commission's report, presented in 1947, argued for considerable strengthening of university departments' capacity to carry out research and training related to these areas, and for significant funds to be made available to this end. However, after five years of strong growth following the presentation of the Scarbrough report, in 1952 much of the funding was withdrawn.[1]

Lumley was a freemason and, from 1951 to 1967 served as the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.


Lumley married Katherine Isobel McEwen, sister of Sir John McEwen, 1st Baronet on 12 July 1922 at St Margaret's, Westminster. They had five children:

Memorial to Lawrence Roger Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarborough in York Minster


  1. ^ Report of the Sub-Committee on Oriental, Slavonic, East European and African Studies (Hayter Report). London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1961. pp. 6–40. 
  2. ^ Telegraph announcements

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Charles Murchison
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George Muff
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Frederick George Burgess
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Charles Ingram Courtenay Wood
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Aldred Lumley
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Richard Lumley