Rupert Alec-Smith

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Rupert Alexander Alec-Smith, TD (5 September 1913, Beverley, Yorkshire – 23 December 1983, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire) was an Englishman with an abiding interest in local history and founded the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire[1] in 1937.[2] In the Second World War, he served with the Green Howards in Cyprus.[3]

In 1945 he stood for parliament at the general election for the Conservative Party in Kingston upon Hull East. He came second in a three-way contest.

In 1946, he bought the Old Rectory at Winestead and employed Francis Johnson to restore it. He filled the Rectory with fittings from demolished Georgian buildings and began collecting memorabilia of the Maister family.[4] He was Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull in 1970–71,High Sheriff of Humberside in 1975 and made Lord Lieutenant of Humberside in 1980.[5]

His wife was Suzette Genevieve Alec-Smith (1918–1999).

His papers at the University of Hull include c. 3,000 items from the fourteenth century onward, including title deeds, settlements, rentals, enclosure acts, maps and plans and house sale catalogues for East Yorkshire including manorial records 1647–1927 for Elstronwick.[6]

Personal papers include over 500 letters of his parents, Alexander Alec-Smith and Adelaide Alec-Smith (née Horsley), largely sent during the First World War, and about 300 letters Rupert Alec-Smith sent during the Second World War. His journals and diaries survive for 1937–1970 as does his correspondence with good friend John Betjeman from 1954 to 1973.[6]


  1. ^ "Death of Founder Rupert Alec-Smith". Georgian Society for East Yorkshire. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  2. ^ "History of the society". Georgian Society for East Yorkshire. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  3. ^ Simon Sykes, Christopher (2004). The big house; the story of the country house and it's family. London: Harper Collins. p. 334. ISBN 9780007107094.
  4. ^ "New chapter at toad hall". The Yorkshire Post. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Lord Mandelson appointed to High Steward of Hull post". BBC News. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Papers of Rupert Alec-Smith". Archives Portal Europe. Hull University Archives at Hull History Centre. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
Honorary titles
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Humberside
Succeeded by