Sir Jeremiah Colman, 1st Baronet

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Sir Jeremiah Colman, 1st Baronet, chairman of J & J Colman Limited

Sir Jeremiah Colman, 1st Baronet DL (24 April 1859 - 16 January 1942) was an industrialist who developed Colman's Mustard into an international concern.


Colman was the son of Jeremiah Colman (1807 - 1885) and Isabella Button.[1] Educated at King's College School and St. John's College, Cambridge,[2] Colman joined the J & J Colman mustard business and then served as its Chairman from 1896.[3] He was also Chairman of Commercial Union.[3]

He served as High Sheriff of Surrey from 1893 to 1894 and also became Lieutenant of the City of London.[1] He was created a baronet in 1907.[4][1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1885, he married Mary McMaster of Mitcham, Surrey. [5] They had one son, also Jeremiah, who succeeded his father in 1942.

In 1888 he purchased Gatton Park, a country estate in Surrey.[6] At Gatton Park he amassed one of the largest collections of orchids in the country.[3] He commissioned Henry Ernest Milner to design the parterre.[7]

He was also keen on cricket and from 1916 to 1923 he was President of Surrey County Cricket Club.[3]

He also funded the Colman Library at the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University.[3]


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ "Colman, Jeremiah (CLMN878J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
  4. ^ "No. 28084". The London Gazette. 29 November 1907. p. 8331. 
  5. ^ "Sitter: Lady Mary Colman, née McMaster (d. 1954)". Lafayette Negative Archive. 
  6. ^ Gatton Park archive
  7. ^ "The Park & Gardens, the Parterre", Gatton Trust, archived from the original on 11 April 2015, retrieved 11 April 2015 
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New creation
(of Gatton Park)
Succeeded by
Jeremiah Colman