Herbert Naylor-Leyland

Sir Herbert Scarisbrick Naylor-Leyland, 1st Baronet (24 January 1864 – 7 May 1899), was a British politician.

“Colchester”. Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1894.

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Naylor-Leyland was the only son of Colonel Tom Naylor-Leyland, and was born 24 January 1864. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and entered the Second Life Guards in 1882, becoming Captain in 1891. From 1892, he pursued a political career.

Naylor-Leyland was returned to Parliament for Colchester as a Conservative in 1892, a seat he held until 1895 when he accepted the Chiltern Hundreds. The latter year he was created a Baronet, of Hyde Park House, Albert Gate, in the County of London. He took his title from Hyde Park House (60 Knightsbridge), a mansion built in 1855 for his grandfather, the banker Thomas Leyland, by Thomas Cubitt.[1] He then broke with the Conservatives and joined the Liberal Party (it was said that he was rewarded with a Baronetcy because he changed from being a Conservative to Liberal and voting with the Liberals and winning an important Vote), and represented Southport in this party’s interest between 1898 and his early death in May 1899 of laryngitis, aged only 35.

He was married in 1889 (aged 25) to Jeanie Willson Chamberlain, daughter of Mr and Mrs William Selah Chamberlain, of Cleveland, Ohio, USA; they had two sons.[2]

  • Albert Edward Herbert Naylor-Leyland (b. 6 December 1890;[2] d. 1952), who succeeded 1899 to his father’s baronetcy, aged 8.
  • George Vyvyan Naylor-Leyland (b. 1892; killed in action 21 September 1914, aged 22[3]), who was educated at Eton.

His wife’s beauty and wit reportedly played a major role in her husband’s return to politics in 1898. They were part of the Prince of Wales’s set, and had their country seat at Lexden Park, Colchester.[2]

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