Thomas Milvain

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Sir Thomas Milvain (June 1844 – 26 June 1928) was an English lawyer and Conservative Party politician.

Background and legal career[edit]

Milvain was the son of Henry Milvain of North Elswick Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne and his wife Jane Davidson, and was educated at Durham Grammar School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge,[1] where he graduated LL.B. in 1866 and LL.M. in 1872.[2] He was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1869,[3] and practiced on the North-Eastern Circuit. He took silk in 1888, and after losing his parliament seat in 1892 was appointed Recorder of Bradford and Chancellor of the County Palatine of Durham. In 1901 he served as Chairman of the South African Compensation Commission.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1885 Milvain was elected Member of Parliament for Durham. He lost the seat in 1892. He stood unsuccessfully in Cockermouth, Cumberland, in 1895, and in Maidstone at a by-election in 1901, but was elected MP for Hampstead at a by-election in January 1902.[4] Milvain gave up the seat in 1905 when he was appointed Judge Advocate General.[5]

He married Mary Alice Henderson on 28 January 1875.


  1. ^ "Milvain, Thomas (MLVN863T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ a b "Election intelligence - Hampstead". The Times (36674). London. 25 January 1902. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  4. ^ "No. 27401". The London Gazette. 28 January 1902. p. 581. 
  5. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica 1911

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Charles Thompson
Farrer Herschell
Member of Parliament for Durham
Succeeded by
Matthew Fowler
Preceded by
Edward Brodie Hoare
Member of Parliament for Hampstead
Succeeded by
John Samuel Fletcher
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Francis Jeune
Judge Advocate General
1905 – 1915
Succeeded by
Sir Felix Cassel