Charles Jessel

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Sir Charles Jessel, Bt.

Sir Charles James Jessel, 1st Baronet DL, JP (11 May 1860 – 15 July 1928),[1] was a British barrister, magistrate and businessman.

Jessel was the eldest son of Sir George Jessel, Master of the Rolls, by Amelia Moses. Herbert Jessel, 1st Baron Jessel, was his younger brother. He was educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, Oxford (MA) and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn.[2] He was created a Baronet, of Ladham House in the parish of Goudhurst in the County of Kent, in May 1883,[3] in honour of his father, who had died in March of that year.

He was vice-chairman of the British North Borneo Company (BNBC) (1903–1909). The city of Kota Kinabalu was previously named Jesselton after the BNBC set up operations there.[4] Jessel was also a deputy lieutenant and justice of the peace for Kent and served as High Sheriff of Kent in 1903.[5]

Jessel married Edith Goldsmid, daughter of Sir Julian Goldsmid, 3rd Baronet, in 1890. They had two sons and two daughters. He died in July 1928, aged 68, and was succeeded in the title by his eldest son, George. Lady Jessel died in January 1956.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Jessel of Ladham, Kent". The Baronetage of England, Ireland, Nova Scotia, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ 'Jessel, Sir Charles James', Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016
  3. ^ "No. 25232". The London Gazette. 22 May 1883. p. 2661.
  4. ^ "Sabah Tourism Board Official Website". Archived from the original on 9 April 2013.
  5. ^ "No. 27534". The London Gazette. 13 March 1903. p. 1671.
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Ladham House)
Succeeded by
George Jessel