Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Baronet

Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Baronet

Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Baronet, PC, FRS (20 December 1781 – 24 May 1849) was a British Conservative Party politician.

The son of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 8th Baronet and Mary Hugessen was educated in Christ Church, Oxford and matriculated in 1800. He was admitted a Fellow of the Royal Society on 6 May 1802. [cite web | url= | title=Lists of Royal Society Fellows | accessdate=2006-12-15] He was called to the bar (Lincoln's Inn) in 1803 and succeeded to his father's baronetcy on 21 September 1819.

Knatchbull was Member of Parliament for Kent from 1819 to 1831, and for East Kent from 1833 to 1845. In 1829 he became one of the leaders of the 'Ultra-Tories' who were opposed to Catholic emancipation in Ireland and their own Tory Government when they changed to law that year.

Sworn of the Privy Council in 1834, he was Paymaster of the Forces between 1834 and 1835, and Paymaster-General between 1841 and 1845.

He died, aged 67, at the family's Mersham Hatch estate in Kent.


Knatchbull married twice. His first wife was Annabella Christiana Honywood, daughter of Sir John Honywood, 4th Baronet: they married on 25 August 1806 and had six children, including:

*Mary Louisa Knatchbull (b. 1808)
*Eleanor Grace Knatchbull (d. 1913)
*Beatrice Joanna Knatchbull (d. 1932)
*Mary Dorothea Knatchbull (d. 1838)
*Sir Norton Joseph Knatchbull, 10th Baronet (1808–1868)
*(child, d. 1818)

Annabella died in childbirth in 1814.

On 24 October 1820, he married secondly Fanny Catherine Knight, daughter of Edward Knight (née Edward Austen, the brother of English novelist Jane Austen). They had nine children, including:

*Edward Hugessen Knatchbull-Hugessen, 1st Baron Brabourne (1829–1893)
*Reverend Reginald Bridges Knatchbull-Hugessen (b. 1831)
*Herbert Thomas Knatchbull-Hugessen (b. 1835)


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