Sir John Tomlinson Hibbert


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Sir John Tomlinson Hibbert KCB b.5 January 1824 at Lyon House, Oldham d.6 November 1908. More information [pictures]

Son (i) of Elijah Hibbert b. 13 July 1800 d.10 March 1846 at Lyon House, Oldham and Elizabeth 'Betty' Hilton d. 15 December 1864, daughter of Abraham Hilton of Cross Bank, Oldham.

Married (1) in 1847 Eliza Anne Schofield [picture] b. 16 August 1825 d.5 January 1877, eldest daughter of Andrew Schofield of Woodfield, Oldham and Tanyralt, Llandudno and Eliza Shaw d.15 December 1864.

They had the following children:

F i Ann 'Annie' Hibbert b.25 November 1848 d.4 January 1907.
Married 8 April 1869 Captain, later Major-General Edward Dorrien Newbolt, 54th (Dorset) Regiment.
M ii Percy John Hibbert b.27 June 1850 d.29 September 1926.
Married Emily Augusta Diana Yates b.20 July 1853 d.15 October 1942.

Married (2) in 1878 Charlotte Warde [picture], fourth daughter of Admiral Charles Warde, K.H., of Squerryes Court, Westerham, and sister of Lt.-Colonel C.A.M. Warde R.A., of the same address.

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John Tomlinson Hibbert attended Shrewsbury School then St. John's College, Cambridge, where he read Law. Having been admitted at St John's College Cambridge on 15th May 1843 he graduated BA as next above the 'wooden spoon' in the Mathematical Tripos'. He moved into politics, becoming Sir John Hibbert KCB. He served as P.S. to the Local Government Board, Under-Secretary to the Home Office, Financial Secretary in Gladstone's Cabinet (1884 to June 1885 and June 1892 to March 1894), and Secretary to the Admiralty (February to July 1885). He built (1880 - 2) a stately home called Hampsfield, situated between Lindale and Grange-over-Sands in the southern Lake District, in England.

Sir John is mentioned in The Life of the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles W. Dilke, Volume 2 by Gwynn, Stephen Lucius, 1864-1950 as follows:-
[In 1884] When the amendment [to allow women's suffrage] was reached, Dilke, with Fawcett and Courtney, abstained. This led to serious trouble. Sir Charles wrote on June 12th in his Diary: 'Hartington is very angry with me for not voting, and wants me turned out for it. He has to vote every day for things which he strongly disapproves, and this makes the position difficult. He says that my position was wholly different from that of Fawcett and Courtney, because I was a party to the decision of the Cabinet, and that custom binds the minority in the collective decision of Her Majesty's servants. This is undoubtedly the accepted theory. Poor Hibbert¹ was made to vote. I fear the Cabinet put the yoke, not of political necessity, but of their personal prejudice against woman suffrage, on the necks of their followers.'

¹Sir John Tomlinson Hibbert (d.1908), at this time Financial Secretary to the Treasury, was an able administrator, and held office in Mr. Gladstone's four administrations. He assisted materially in the passing of the Execution within Gaols Act [ending the spectacle of public hanging], Married Women's Property Act, and Clergy Disabilities Act, and was keenly interested in the reform of the Poor Law.

[Western Mail, Tuesday, May 21, 1889] JH was appointed to the Welsh Sunday Closing Commission.

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Eliza Anne Schofield b.16 August 1825 d.5 January 1877 and John T Hibbert as a young man from a locket.

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Portraits of Sir John Tomlinson Hibbert KCB b.1824 d.6 November 1908. The right-hand portrait hung on the stairs at the Lancashire County Council offices at Preston and was attacked. A swastika was cut into it.

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Sir John Tomlinson Hibbert KCB b.1824 d.6 November 1908

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Sir John Tomlinson Hibbert in 'Japan'. This was a Japanese garden laid out on the hillside opposite the stables at Hampsfield. There were interesting plants there. Such gardens very popular in Victorian times.

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Cartoons of Sir John Tomlinson Hibbert KCB b.1824 d.6 November 1908

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Cartoons of House of Commons members including Sir John Tomlinson Hibbert KCB

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Charlotte Warde, Lady Charlotte Hibbert, Sir John's second wife

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Election leaflet 1874

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Hampsfield above Lindale, built by Sir John Hibbert, soon after its construction.

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Notes on sources

Anderson family tree

Information is largely taken from the book 'The Andersons of Peterhead'. This was based on the records made by John Anderson 1825/1903 [VIII 32], known as 'China John'. This was brought up to date in 1936 by Cecil Ford Anderson [X 17] and Agnes Donald Ferguson [CS 45 X b]. Many photographs were taken and compiled in an album by Olive Edis (daughter of Mary Murray, daughter of Andrew Murray (2) of Aberdeen). Corrections to both Janet Innes Anderson's and Alexander Murray's death dates from Robert Murray Watt and Iain Forrest.

Forrest family tree

Iain Forrest kindly supplied material to update the Forrest family (progeny of William Forrest) details.

Hibbert family tree

The information is largely taken from a tree compiled by F.B. (she knows who she is!) with extra material found by the author.

Murray family tree

The 'Genealogical Table showing various branches of the Murray family', from which this information was taken, was prepared by Alexander Murray of Blackhouse, extended by Andrew Murray - advocate - Aberdeen circa 1880 and further extended by Arthur Murray Watt 1972. The generational notation is the author's.

Pike family tree

Information from family sources as well as 'Burke's Landed Gentry' 1875

Stevenson family tree and many Stevenson and Anderson photos

Deepest thanks for some fantastic pictures and for writing the wonderful book 'Jobs for the Boys' to Hew Stevenson.

And the rest

Thanks also to all who have written in with information, advice, help and, most importantly, corrections.

© John Hibbert 2001-2013

11 April, 2013