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Ronald Greville
Member of Parliament for Bradford East

In office
Preceded by Henry Byron Reed
Succeeded by William Priestley
Personal details
Born Ronald Henry Fulke Greville
(1864-10-14)14 October 1864
Died 5 April 1908(1908-04-05) (aged 43)
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Margaret Helen Anderson
(m. 1891; his death 1908)
Relations Charles Greville, 3rd Baron Greville (brother)
Parents Algernon Greville, 2nd Baron Greville
Lady Beatrice Violet Graham
Residence Polesden Lacey

Hon. Ronald Henry Fulke Greville MVO (14 October 1864 – 5 April 1908)[1] was an English Conservative Party politician. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Bradford East from 1896 to 1906.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Greville was born 14 October 1864 the eldest of four children of politician Algernon Greville, 2nd Baron Greville (1841–1909) and the writer Lady Beatrice Violet Graham.[2]

His paternal grandparents were Fulke Greville-Nugent, 1st Baron Greville and his wife, Lady Rosa Nugent (the only daughter and heir of the George Nugent, 1st Marquess of Westmeath).[3] His maternal grandparents were James Graham, 4th Duke of Montrose and the former Hon. Caroline Agnes Horsley-Beresford (third daughter of John Horsley-Beresford, 2nd Baron Decies).[4]

Career[edit | edit source]

His wife, Margaret Greville in 1900. Courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

He was educated at Rugby School and entered the Army, at first in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and then the 1st Life Guards.[2] Greville resigned his commission in 1896 when he was elected as a Member of Parliament.[2]

Political career[edit | edit source]

Greville first stood for Parliament at the 1895 general election, when he was unsuccessful candidate in the Liberal-held Barnsley division of the West Riding of Yorkshire[5] After the death of Henry Byron Reed, the Conservative MP for the Eastern division of Bradford, Greville was selected as the Conservative candidate for the resulting by-election in November 1896. He won the contest, and was re-elected in 1900, holding the seat until he retired from the House of Commons at the 1906 general election.[6]

He was a Captain in the 1st Life Guards until he resigned this commission in June 1896.[7]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

On 25 April 1891 he married Margaret Helen Anderson (1863–1942).[4] Margaret was the illegitimate daughter of William McEwan, a multimillionaire brewer (later elected as an MP for Edinburgh Central)[8][9] and his mistress, Helen Anderson, a cook who married McEwan after her first husband's death in 1885.[10] After their marriage, they lived at Polesden Lacey, in Great Bookham, Surrey, a gift from his wife's father.[4]

On 5 April 1908, when Greville was 43, he died from pneumonia following an operation, predeceasing his own father and never acceding to the peerage.[2] As Ronald had no children, after his father's death the following December 1909,[11] his younger brother Charles became the 3rd Baron Greville.[12]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)}[better source needed] }}
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 6 April 1908. 
  3. Mair, Robert H. (1884). Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage: Comprising Information Concerning All Persons bearing Hereditary or Courtesy Titles, of Companions of the Orders of Knighthood and of the Indian Empire, and of all Collateral Branches of Peers and Baronets; Illustrated with 1400 Armorial Bearings.. London: Dean and Son. pp. 314. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Greville, Baron (UK, 1869 - 1987)". Heraldic Media Limited. http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/greville1869.htm. 
  5. Craig, F. W. S. (1989). British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 432. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  6. Craig, op, cit, page 80
  7. Record of Service held at Household Cavalry Museum
  8. "Dr. William McEwan: Overview of Dr. William McEwan". http://www.scottish-places.info/people/famousfirst229.html. 
  9. Donnachie, Ian (2004). "McEwan, William (1827–1913)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Digital object identifier:10.1093/ref:odnb/50416.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  10. Davenport-Hines 2015.
  11. TIMES, Special Cable to The NEW YORK (30 November 1909). "LORD GREVILLE VERY ILL.; Honeymoon of His Son, Capt. Greville, and His Bride Interrupted.". The New York Times. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1909/11/30/101907405.pdf. 
  12. "LORD GREVILLE DEAD; Must Not Break Manhole Covers or Interfere with Mall Tube Service". The New York Times. 3 December 1909. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1909/12/03/106122949.pdf. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Byron Reed
Member of Parliament for Bradford East
1896 – 1906
Succeeded by
William Priestley

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