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Francis Bingham Mildmay, 1st Baron Mildmay of Flete DL, TD (26 April 1861-8 February 1947) was initially a Liberal and later a Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 until 1922 when he was raised to the peerage.

Mildmay was the son of Henry Bingham Mildmay and his wife Georgiana Frances Bulteel. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] He became a lieutenant in the West Kent Yeomanry cavalry and a partner in the firm of Baring Brothers.[2]

In the 1885 general election, Mildmay was elected Liberal MP for Totnes constituency. He was one of the Liberal Unionists who combined to oppose the Home Rule Bill in 1885, and was returned in subsequent parliaments as a Conservative Unionist. He held the seat for 37 years until he was ennobled in 1922.[3]

Mildmay saw service in the Second Boer War in 1900 as a Major in the Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry and also in World War I between 1914 and 1918. At one stage he was divisional interpreter of General Sir Thomas D'Oyly Snow, who referred to him with affection and some wonderment at his tireless work and bravery in doing his duty at 2nd Ypres. Mildmay was often found to be carrying messages across the battlefield. Snow described him as a colourful and brave chap and recommended him for a medal more than once though he never got one apart from the Territorial Decoration (T.D.).

Mildmay was created 1st Baron Mildmay of Flete, on the 20th November 1922 and was a member of the Committee for Review of Political Honours Commission between 1923 and 1924. He was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Devon in 1928. He lived at Flete House, a mansion near Plymouth built by his father which remodelled and extended the original house of the Elizabethan era. He was an extensive breeder and exhibitor of South Devon Cattle and was President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 1932 and from 1941 to 1943. He was a member and treasurer of the Medical Research Council and a director of the Great Western Railway.

Mildmay married Alice O. St. J. Grenfell, daughter of Charles Seymour Grenfell, in 1906. They had a son Anthony Mildmay who was an amateur jockey and a daughter.

References

  • Army List: War Services of Officers of the Army as at 31 December 1919
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Totnes
18851922
Succeeded by
Samuel Emile Harvey
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The 4th Earl Fortescue
Lord Lieutenant of Devon
1928–1936
Succeeded by
The 5th Earl Fortescue
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New title Baron Mildmay of Flete
1922–1947
Succeeded by
Anthony Bingham Mildmay
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