Sir John Mowbray, 1st Baronet

Sir John Mowbray, 1st Baronet

Sir John Robert Mowbray, 1st Baronet PC (3 June 181522 April 1899), known as John Cornish until 1847, was a British Conservative politician and long-serving Member of Parliament, eventually serving as Father of the House.

Mowbray was the son of Robert Stirling Cornish, and was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1847 he married Elizabeth Grey, the sole heir of George Isaac Mowbray of Bishopwearmouth. The same year he assumed by Royal license the surname of Mowbray in lieu of his patronymic to reflect the large fortune he married into. Together, they had three sons and two daughters.

In 1853 Mowbray was elected to the House of Commons for Durham, a seat he held until 1858, and then represented Oxford University from 1858 until his death in 1899. He served as Judge Advocate General under the Earl of Derby from 1858 to 1859 and under Derby and later Benjamin Disraeli from 1866 to 1868. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1858 and in 1880 he was created a Baronet. From 1898 until his death the following year Mowbray was Father of the House of Commons.


* Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
*Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). "Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage" (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
* [ Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page]


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