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Michael Biddulph, 1st Baron Biddulph (17 February 1834 – 6 April 1923) was a British banker and Liberal, later Liberal Unionist, Member of Parliament (MP).

Biddulph was the eldest son of Robert Biddulph and his wife Elizabeth (née Palmer), and was educated at Harrow. He was a partner in the London banking firm of Cocks, Biddulph and Co. In 1865 he was elected to the House of Commons for Herefordshire, a seat he held until 1885, and then represented Ross between 1886 to 1900. At first a Liberal, he disagreed with William Gladstone on the issue of Irish Home Rule and sat as a Liberal Unionist after 1886. Biddulph was also a Justice of the Peace for Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and served as Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire. In 1903 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Biddulph, of Ledbury in the County of Hereford.

Lord Biddulph married, firstly, Adelaide Georgiana, daughter of General Jonathan Peel, in 1864. They had two sons and three daughters. After her death in 1872 he married, secondly, Lady Elizabeth Philippa, daughter of Charles Yorke, 4th Earl of Hardwicke, in 1877. They had no children. Lord Bethell died in April 1923, aged 89, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son from his first marriage, John. Lady Bethell died in 1936, aged 101.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James King King
Lord Montagu William Graham
Humphrey Francis Mildmay
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
With: James King King 1865–1868
Sir John Russell Bailey 1865–1885
Sir Herbert George Denman Croft 1868–1874
Daniel Peploe Peploe 1874–1880
Thomas Duckham 1880–1885
constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Ross
Succeeded by
Percy Archer Clive
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Biddulph
Succeeded by
John Michael Gordon


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