Talk:Robert Peel

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Catholic Emancipation[edit]

I've got the impression from other sources that Peel changed his stance on emancipation in the 1830s and acted in favour of it. This is noted on certain pages, Ultra-Tories is one of them, but not on Robert Peel. Does anyone know why? 81.105.137.65 (talk) 18:36, 9 January 2010 (UTC)

Old talk page post[edit]

In George Square in Glasgow, there is a statue of the man, with his birth and death dates being 2nd July 1788 and 5th July 1850 respectively, yet these are not the dates on wiki? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.193.63.243 (talk) 22:40, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

This Google search reveals many hits for a 5 February birth and a 2 July death, and none for any other permutations. I suggest the makers of that statue got their facts wrong. -- JackofOz (talk) 22:59, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Father confusion[edit]

I'm confused by the following sentence: "More importantly, his sponsor for the election—as well as his father—was Arthur Wellesley, ..." When I read it I thought Arthur Wellesley was Peel's father. That's not the case, is it? Could someone who knows whether his father sponsored him or not or whatever was meant please reformulate this bit?

His father (also called Robert Peel) did sponsor his campaign, as well as the Duke of Wellington. But Wellington was not peel's father (otherwise he'd have been known as Robert Wellesley!)

I don't think we should move someone like Peel to this page. "Robert Peel" is fairly sufficient to identify him. john 21:09, 12 May 2004 (UTC)

I agree. Any objections to getting him moved back? Timrollpickering 17:36, 16 May 2004 (UTC)
None from me. Keep this as a redirect, though. Mackensen 17:43, 16 May 2004 (UTC)

Extra picture[edit]

There's another shot of Peel on Wikipedia, but so far only Politics of the United Kingdom is using it. Here it is if anyone wants to find it easily:

Robert Peel

Timrollpickering 20:18, 24 Dec 2004 (UTC)


I don't think Peel should be identified as a member of the "Conservative Party," Peel was known for being something of an independent. Also, his followers weren't known after his death as Peelites for nothing.

Peel was the acknowledged leader of the party between 1834 and 1846. He is considered by many to be the founder. He may have left the party but should be identified here as a Conservative as much as Ramsay MacDonald should be identified as Labour. Timrollpickering 20:48, 9 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Agreed. Peel virtually refounded the party, and certainly was responsible for making the term 'conservative' popular. He was the first true Conservative, in that sense, and thus should be accorded recognition of the fact. Polocrunch 11:21, 14 May 2005 (UTC)

I'd also suggest breaking Peel's life up, to make it easier to read, and including more detail on the actions of the governments in which he took part, particularly those actions for which he was mostly responsible. Polocrunch 11:21, 14 May 2005 (UTC)

Clean up Request[edit]

I added the clean up request after noticing that the article is one great block. It should be divvyed up into section to make it less daunting. -- Benn M. 03:21, 2005 May 28 (UTC)

I gave cleaning it up a shot. -- ILFoxtrot 19:23 hrs. July, 19, 2005.
Thanks. Clean-up request removed. --Benn M. 07:30, 25 October 2005 (UTC)

The Irish connection[edit]

The fact that he helped set up a police force in Ireland and that he was nicknamed "Orange Peel" IS actually true. Someone from my class edited this into Wikipedia as we are studying about that period in Irish history at the moment. I know that it seems a little weird and perhaps they should have cited sources but this is true as far as I am aware and so I think it was a mistake to edit it out. XYaAsehShalomX 18:06, 18 October 2005 (UTC)

The IP contributing that also added a great deal of vandalism to Wikipedia, which is why I thought that this was vandalism (well, that, and the fact that it's pretty weird). I've restored the contribution. Thanks for your help, and apologies for my itchy trigger finger. :) --Ashenai (talk) 18:12, 18 October 2005 (UTC)


Peelers[edit]

In the main article it mentions policemen being nicknamed Peelers or Bobbies which it claims are still in use today. I've honestly never heard a policeman called a Peeler, but have regularly used the term Bobby - has the prior term gone out of usage? And if so perhaps the article should be updated? TheMoog 22:08, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Disagree, I still hear it used regularly, maybe it varies regionally.
(e.g. busies seems to be used only on Merseyside)
Wnjr (talk) 14:29, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

The term 'peelers' can be seen used in a an irish play by j.m Synge called 'the playboy of the western world'. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.97.177.189 (talk) 16:09, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

Peel Tower / Statue[edit]

I think somebody should include & cross reference this with Peel Tower which was built on Holcombe Hill as a dedication, see Bury and Ramsbottom pages on the wiki. Also the statue of Sir Robert Peel outside the Robert Peel pub in the town centre.

The Great Famine[edit]

'As an aside in reference to the Repeal of the Corn Laws, Peel did make some moves to subsidise the purchase of food for the Irish, but this attempt was small and had little tangible effect. To criticise Peel for acting too late in repealing the Corn Laws, or for not giving enough subsidies to the Irish, shows a misunderstanding of the historical context.' No Englander did enough for the Irish before, during or after the Great Famine were more than ONE MILLION People died.


I found a reference for the sentence stating that Peel thought about repealing the Corn Laws before the Great Famine. I am not sure how to put in a citation, maybe someone else could insert it: Evans, Eric J. (1996) The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 2nd ed., London and New York: Longman, 264 (C.U.)


I read that Peel wanted to solve the problems in Ireland but met with heavy resistance from his own party. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 217.44.203.96 (talk) 16:48, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Disraeli[edit]

What is the picture of Disraeli doing in the "Corn laws and after" section? Granted, he was a successor of sorts, but the text does not actually mention him as it stands... 13:28, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Wrong PM[edit]

Why is there a picture of Lord John Russell in this article, citing him as PM for the dates Peel was Prime Minister? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.154.45.127 (talk) 19:00, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

I agree - the picture of Disraeli appears to have been removed, butt he article is still illustrated with pictures of Wellington, Lord John Russell and Lord Grey. I think these pictures could be removed without any loss to the article, and perhaps some gain in terms of keeping the focus on Peel. It could be illustrated with any number of other pictures illustrative of Peel's career (eg a pic of an original Met Police bobby) Bronxrichie (talk)bronxrichie —Preceding undated comment added 16:18, 21 September 2010 (UTC).

Should it be Ministry or ministry?[edit]

Bazuz (talk) 00:22, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

Vidocq[edit]

Eugène François Vidocq created the Sûreté in 1812. This predates the founding of the Metropolitan Police Force in 1829. Surely this should be mentioned in the article lest it be accused of anglocentrism. 82.171.40.25 (talk) 22:55, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

The Factory Act of 1844 was reform in any century[edit]

Under "Factory Act", you say it: "...was in fact aimed at the reformers themselves, with their constituency among the new industrial rich. The Factory Act 1844 acted more against these industrialists than it did against the traditional stronghold of the Conservatives, the landed gentry,..." I imagine that laborers, including women and children, experienced this absolutely as reform. I don't think they cared about disempowering a bunch of gentlemen farmers on the way out. Industrialists, however, as I recall, worked them hard, what - 12? 14? - hours a day? 7 days a week? With poor safety precautions? And you call them reformers? -lifeform (talk) 05:23, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

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Namesakes - suggested deletions[edit]

I notice under namesakes 'Elsewhere' you list:

I propose them for deletion because they are named for the locality they serve rather than after Peel himself.Cloptonson (talk) 09:25, 19 August 2017 (UTC)