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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Southwark 

In office
12 December 1905 – 23 February 1910
Monarch Edward VII
George V
Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
H. H. Asquith
Preceded by Sir Savile Crossley, Bt
Succeeded by Hon. Ivor Guest

Born 25 September 1843 (1843-09-25)
Deptford, Kent
Died 23 February 1929 (1929-02-24)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal

Richard Knight Causton, 1st Baron Southwark PC, DL (25 September 1843 – 23 February 1929) was a British businessman and Liberal politician.



Causton was born in Deptford, Kent.[1]

Political career

Causton unsuccessfully contested Colchester in 1874,[1] but was successfully returned for the constituency in 1880.[2] However, he lost his seat in 1885 and once again stood unsuccessfully for the constituency in 1886.[1] In 1888 he was successfully returned for Southwark West in a by-election, a seat he held until 1910.[3] He served under William Gladstone and the Earl of Rosebery as a Junior Lord of the Treasury between 1892 and 1895 and continued as Liberal Whip until 1905. When the Liberals returned to power in December 1905 under Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Causton was made Paymaster-General.[4] In January 1906 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[5] He remained as Paymaster-General until 1910, the last two years under the premiership of H. H. Asquith. He lost his seat in parliament in 1910.[1] The same year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Southwark, of Southwark in the County of London.[6]

Business career

Apart from his political career, Causton was President of the London Chamber of Commerce in 1913, a Fellow of the Statistical Society and Master of the Worshipful Company of Skinners between 1877 and 1878 and 1921 and 1922.

Personal life

Lord Southwark died in February 1929, aged 85. The barony became extinct on his death.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alexander Learmonth
Herbert Bulkeley Mackworth-Praed
Member of Parliament for Colchester
With: William Willis
Succeeded by
Henry John Trotter
Preceded by
Arthur Cohen
Member of Parliament for Southwark West
1888–Jan. 1910
Succeeded by
Sir William Dunn, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Savile Crossley, Bt
Succeeded by
Hon. Ivor Guest
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Southwark
1910 – 1929


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