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The Lord Cornwallis

Fiennes Cornwallis c. 1902
Born Fiennes Stanley Wykeham Cornwallis
27 May 1864(1864-05-27)
Chalcombe Priory, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England
Died 26 September 1935 (aged 71)
Linton , Kent, England
Nationality United Kingdom British
Education Eton College
Occupation Politician
Title 1st Baron Cornwallis
Successor 2nd Baron Cornwallis
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Mabel (née Leigh)
Children 7

Colonel Fiennes Stanley Wykeham Cornwallis, 1st Baron Cornwallis CBE, TD, JP, DL,(27 May 1864 – 26 September 1935), was a British Conservative politician.


Early life

Lord Cornwallis was born 27 May 1864 at Chalcombe Priory, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. the eldest son of Major Fiennes Cornwallis [1] and Harriet Elizabeth (née Mott).
Had one brother and two sisters [2] and was educated at Eton College. [3]

Political career

He was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Maidstone in 1888, a seat he held until 1895 and again from 1898 to 1900. He was also Chairman of the Kent County Council between 1910 and 1930. In 1927 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Cornwallis [4] , of Linton in the County of Kent.

Family life

Lord Cornwallis married Mabel Leigh, daughter of Oswald Peter Leigh, in 1886. They had seven children, three sons and four daughters. [5] Their eldest son Lieutenant Fiennes Wykeham Mann Cornwallis was killed in Ireland in May 1921 during the Irish War of Independence whilst off-duty by the IRA
Lord Cornwallis died on September 1935, aged 71, and was succeeded in the barony by his second son Wykeham Stanley Cornwallis. Lady Cornwallis died in 1957.


Was an emanate Freemason and was Provincial Grand master of Kent and a Past Grand Warden [6] in the United Grand Lodge of England. Stanley Wykeham Lodge 6599 [7] was named for him.


  • Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition).
    New York: St Martin's Press, 1990. ISBN 033338847X


  1. ^ Was born Fiennes Wykeham-Martin, but changed his name to Cornwallis after an inheritance.
  2. ^ His siblings were:-
    • Arthur Wykeham Cornwallis 1865– 1952.
    • Helen Florence Cornwallis 1867– 1957.
    • Caroline Vere Cornwallis 1868– 1909.
  3. ^ Old Etonians born in 1860's
  4. ^ Second creation of Baron Cornwallis in 1927, first being in 1661
  5. ^ His children were:-
    • Lt. Fiennes Wykeham Mann Cornwallis, 1890 – 1921
    • Wykeham Stanley Cornwallis, 2nd Baron Cornwallis, 1892 – 1982
    • Capt. Oswald Wykeham Cornwallis, R.N., 1894 – 1974
    • Lady Julia Dorothy Cochrane (née Cornwallis), 1887 – 1971
    • Lady Vere Mabel Steel (née Cornwallis), 1889 – 1964
    • Hon. Yvonne Cecil (née Cornwallis), 1896 – 1983
    • Hon. Bridget Frances Kate Petherick (née Cornwallis) born 1900
  6. ^ A Past rank is an honorific title and not an active officer.
  7. ^ Stanley Wykeham Lodge 6599


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alexander Henry Ross
Sir Frederick Seager Hunt
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Seager Hunt
John Barker
Civic offices
Preceded by
Chairman of Kent County Council
1910 – 1930
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(new creation)
Baron Cornwallis
Succeeded by
Wykeham Cornwallis
Masonic offices
Preceded by
Earl Amherst
Provincial Grand Master of Kent
1905 – 1935
Succeeded by
2nd Baron Cornwallis


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