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Gorst, John Eldon.
Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S,
May 21, 1853.
[2nd] s. of Edward Chaddock, Esq.
(who took the surname of Lowndes) [and Elizabeth, dau. of John D. Nesham]. B.
[May 24, 1835], at
Fishergate, Preston, Lancs. Bapt. May 30, 1835. [School, Preston Grammar.]
Matric. Michs. 1853;
Scholar; B.A. (3rd Wrangler) 1857; M.A. 1860. Fellow, 1857-60; Hon.
Fellow, 1890. President
of the Union, 1857. Assistant Master at Rossall School. Adm. at the Inner
Temple, Apr. 18, 1857.
Went to New Zealand, 1860. Civil Commissioner of Waikato, 1861-3. Returned to
England and called to
the Bar, May 1, 1865. On the Northern Circuit. Q.C., 1875. M.P. for Cambridge
Borough, 1866-8; for
Chatham, 1875-92; for the University, 1892-1906. Knighted, 1885. Solicitor-
General, 1885-6.
Under-Secretary of State for India, 1886-91. Deputy Chairman of Committees,
House of Commons,
1888-91. British Plenipotentiary at the Labour Conference, Berlin, 1890. P.C.,
1890. F.R.S., 1896.
Financial Secretary to the Treasury, 1891-2. Rector of Glasgow University, 1893-
6. Of Castle Combe,
Wilts. Married (1) Aug. 18, 1860, at Geelong, Australia, Mary Elizabeth, dau. of
the Rev. Lorenzo
Moore, of Christchurch, N.Z.; (2) Sept. 23, 1914, Mathilda Jane Ethel, dau. of
Edward Johnson. One
of the original founders of the Primrose League. Author, The Children of the
Nation; New Zealand
. Died Apr. 4, 1916. Buried at Castle Combe, Wilts. Brother of
Edward C. (1852) and
Thomas W. (1858); father of John E. (next). (D.N.B.; Dict. of N.Z. Biog.; Law
; Scott,
MSS.; Foster, Men at the Bar; Burke, L.G.; Who was Who; The
, Apr. 5,
John Eldon GORST
Approx. lifespan: 1835–1916
Tripos: John Math. 1857
pens. St John's College adm1853:05:21
[2nd] s. of Edward Chaddock GORST, Esq
post Edward Chaddock LOWNDES, Esq
s. of Elizabeth NESHAM dau. of John D. NESHAM
b. Fishergate, Preston, Lancashire 1835:05:24
c. 1835:05:30
Sch: Preston Grammar School [Preston], [ Lancashire ]
Matric 1853:10MT:
BA 3 rd Wrangler 1857
MA 1860
Fellow 1857-60
Hon. Fellow 1890
President of Cambridge Union Society 1857
Assistant Master: at Sch: Rossall School [Rossall], [ Lancashire ]
Adm. Inner Temple: 1857:04:18
Went to New Zealand 1860
Civil Commissioner of Waikato, [ New Zealand ] 1861-63
Returned to England 1865:05:01
called to the Bar: 1865:05:01
On: Northern Circuit
Q.C.: 1875
M.P.: for Cambridge Borough, [ Cambridgeshire ] 1866-68
M.P.: for Chatham, [ Kent ] 1875-92
M.P.: for Sch: University [ Cambridgeshire ] 1892-1906
Knighted 1885
Solicitor-General: 1885-86
Under-Sec. of State for: India 1886-91
Deputy Chairman of Committees: House of Commons 1888-91
British Plenipotentiary at: Labour Conference Berlin, [ Germany ] 1890
P.C.: 1890
FRS 1896
Financial Sec. to Treasury: 1891-92
Rector of: Sch: Glasgow University [Glasgow], [ Scotland ] 1893-96
Of Castle Combe, Wiltshire
m. (1) Mary Elizabeth MOORE dau. of Rev. Lorenzo MOORE of Christchurch, New Zealand Geelong, Australia 1860:08:18
m. (2) Mathilda Jane Ethel JOHNSON dau. of Edward JOHNSON 1914:09:23
One of the original founders of Primrose League
Publ.: The Children of the Nation Publ.: New Zealand Revisited .
d. 1916:04:04
bur. Castle Combe, Wiltshire
brother of Edward C. GORST (1852)
post Edward C. LOWNDES (1852)
brother of Thomas W. GORST (1858)
father of Gorst, John E. (next)%
Refs: D.N.B. Refs: Dict. of N.Z. Biog. Refs: Law Lists Refs: Scott, MSS . Refs: Foster, Men at the Bar Refs: Burke, L.G. Refs: Who was Who Refs: The Times 1916:04:05.