Sir Edmund Buckley, 1st Baronet

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Sir Edmund Buckley's father, Edmund Buckley of Ardwick

Sir Edmund Buckley, 1st Baronet (16 April 1834 – 21 March 1910) was an English landowner and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1865 to 1878.

Buckley was born as Edmund Peck, the illegitimate son of Edmund Buckley of Ardwick in Manchester.[1] He assumed the name of Buckley by Royal Licence in 1864 and inherited considerable estates in Lancashire and Wales including the estate at Dinas Mawddwy. He became involved in slate quarrying at the Hendre Ddu Slate and Slab Co. for which was built the Hendre-Ddu Tramway. He was a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P.for Merionethshire.[2]

At the 1865 general election Buckley was elected Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme. He was created a baronet in December 1868. At the 1868 general election he was re-elected for Newcastle-under-Lyme and held the seat until 1878,[3] when he resigned from the Commons by taking the Chiltern Hundreds.[4] In 1872 he built a lavish Victorian gothic mansion at Dinas Mawddwy called "Y Plas".[5] In 1873 he built a hotel, reputedly the oldest reinforced concrete building in Europe, which was called the Buckley Arms hotel.[6]

Buckley died at the age of 75.

Buckley married Sarah Rees, daughter of William Rees of Tonn near Llandovery in 1860.[1][2]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Jackson
William Murray
Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme
With: William Shepherd Allen
Succeeded by
Samuel Rathbone Edge
William Shepherd Allen
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
( of Mawddwy, Merioneth)
Succeeded by
Edmund Buckley