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John St Aubyn, 1st Baron St Levan (23 October 1829 – 14 May 1908), known as Sir John St Aubyn, 2nd Baronet, from 1872 to 1887, was a British Liberal, and later Liberal Unionist, politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1858 until 1887 when he was raised to the peerage.


Early life

St Aubyn was the son of Sir Edward St Aubyn, 1st Baronet, of St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, and his wife Emma (née Knollys), daughter of General William Knollys.[1] He was educated at Eton, and at Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] St Aubyn was Hon. Colonel of the 3rd Bttn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. He was also a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Cornwall, and Deputy Special Warden of the Stannaries.[3]

Parliamentary service

St Aubyn was elected Member of Parliament for Cornwall West as a Liberal in 1858, a seat he held until 1885 when the constituency was replaced under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. In his original election address, according to The Times, he promised to vote for [4]. :

Whilst representing West Cornwall, he was always elected unopposed.

At the 1885 general election, St Aubyn was elected as MP for St Ives in a contest that was fiercely contested. "The fight was severe", according to The Times. [5]. He disagreed with William Gladstone over Irish Home Rule and sat as a Liberal Unionist from 1886 to 1887.[6] In the latter year St Aubyn was raised to the peerage as Baron St Levan, of St Michael's Mount in the County of Cornwall.

Marriage, children and death

Lord St Levan married Lady Elizabeth Clementina, daughter of John Townshend, 4th Marquess Townshend, in 1856. They had six sons and seven daughters [5] He died in 14 May 1908, aged 78 [5]. He was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son John. Lady St Levan died in 1910.


  1. ^ The Encyclopaedia of Plymouth History Sir EDWARD St AUBYN (1799-1872)
  2. ^ St Aubyn, John in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  3. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  4. ^ The Times, Saturday, 3 July 1858; pg. 9; Issue 23036; col D
  5. ^ a b c The Times, Friday, May 15, 1908; pg. 12; Issue 38647; col F "Obituary. Lord St. Levan."
  6. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir John St Aubyn
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Williams
Richard Davey
Member of Parliament for Cornwall West
1858 – 1885
With: Richard Davey 1858–1868
Arthur Pendarves Vivian 1868–1885
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Charles Campbell Ross
Member of Parliament for St Ives
1885 – 1887
Succeeded by
Thomas Bedford Bolitho
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron St Levan
1887 – 1908
Succeeded by
John Townshend St Aubyn
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward St Aubyn
(of St Michael's Mount)
Succeeded by
John Townshend St Aubyn


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