Thomas Farrer, 2nd Baron Farrer

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Thomas Cecil Farrer, 2nd Baron Farrer, 2nd Baronet (25 October 1859 – 12 April 1940) was the second Baron Farrer. He was the eldest son of Thomas Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer and his first wife Frances Erskine.


Farrer was a long-term member of the board of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (a forerunner of the London Underground).

He owned a mainly wooded smallholding with house, Abinger Hall in Abinger, Surrey, which was renamed at or before the early 1700s when bought by the Dowager Countess of Donegal. Its predecessor was demolished and rebuilt by Farrer's father and is a non-listed home around a courtyard of its former wings and other houses.[1] In 1882 and 1886 on admission of his brothers to Trinity College, Cambridge University, the family also had their home at 27 Bryanston Square, London.[2][3]


In 1892 Farrer married Evelyn Spring Rice, daughter of Hon. Charles Spring Rice, the son of Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon. They had one son (Cecil Claude Farrer, 3rd Baron Farrer, born 1893) and two daughters (Frances Farrer (born 1895) and Katharine Dianthe Farrer (born 1896) who married Edward Ettingdene Bridges, 1st Baron Bridges). In 1903 he remarried to Evangeline Knox, daughter of Octavius Knox. They had one son (Oliver Farrer, 4th Baron Farrer) and one daughter.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1859–1893: Mr Thomas Farrer
  • 1893–1899: The Honourable Thomas Farrer
  • 1899–1940: The Right Honourable The Lord Farrer[a]
  1. ^ Although The Lord Farrer was a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.


  1. ^ 'Parishes: Abinger' A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3, ed. H E Malden (London, 1911), pp. 129-134. Accessed 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Farrer, Claude Erskine (FRR882CE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ "Farrer, Noel Maitland (FRR886NM)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Farrer
Baron Farrer
Succeeded by
Cecil Farrer