Sir Edward Green, 1st Baronet

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Sir Edward Green, 1st Baronet (4 March 1831 – 30 March 1923) was an English ironmaster and a Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1874 and 1892.

Green was the son of Edward Green (engineer), a Yorkshire ironmaster who founded E. Green & Son based in Wakefield and patented "Green's Economiser". This was a device for recycling heat from boilers that previously went to waste.[1]

Green was educated at West Riding Proprietary School and in Germany, and became an engineer in his father's business. He served in the 1st West Yorkshire Yeomanry as a lieutenant and later captain.[2] In 1865 he and his wife leased Heath Old Hall, an Elizabethan House near Wakefield which they set about developing and furnishing. In 1877 Green purchased the Snettisham Estate in North West Norfolk, and built a new house, Ken Hill, primarily as a shooting lodge. Green became a director of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and was a JP for the West Riding of Yorkshire and for Norfolk.[2] Between 1874 and 1878, Green was a Governor of Wakefield Grammar School.[3]

At the 1874 general election Green was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Wakefield, but he was unseated on petition.[4] In 1880 he stood in Pontefract, but was not elected.[5] He returned to Wakefield at a by-election in July 1885, and won the seat,[4] holding it he stood down from the House of Commons at the 1892 general election.[6] On 5 March 1886 he was created a Baronet 'of Wakefield and Ken Hill'.[7][8]

Green married Mary Lycett[1], daughter of William Edward Lycett[2] of Bowdon Cheshire in 1859, introducing the name Lycett into the family. His eldest son Edward Lycett Green achieved a certain amount of notoriety as he was involved in the Royal Baccarat Scandal in 1890. Edward succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his father.

His great-grandson is the fashion designer Rupert Lycett Green.


  1. ^ William Henry Fowler Fifty Years' History of the Development of Green's Economiser
  2. ^ a b Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1886
  3. ^ Wakefield Grammar School
  4. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 315. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  5. ^ Craig, op. cit., page 243
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 200. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  7. ^ "No. 25564". The London Gazette. 2 March 1885. p. 1027. 
  8. ^ Leigh Rayment baronets

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Somerset Archibald Beaumont
Member of Parliament for Wakefield
Succeeded by
Thomas Kemp Sanderson
Preceded by
Robert Bownas Mackie
Member of Parliament for Wakefield
Succeeded by
Albany Hawkes Charlesworth
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Wakefield, Yorkshire)
Succeeded by
Edward Lycett Green