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Herbert Gladstone, 1st Viscount Gladstone

The Right Honourable
The Viscount Gladstone
1st Governor-General of South Africa
In office
31 May 1910 – 8 September 1914
Monarch George V
Preceded by Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson
as High Commissioner for Southern Africa
Succeeded by The Viscount Buxton
Home Secretary
In office
11 December 1905 – 19 February 1910
Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
H. H. Asquith
Preceded by Aretas Akers-Douglas
Succeeded by Winston Churchill
Personal details
Born (1854-02-18)18 February 1854
Downing Street
Westminster, Middlesex
United Kingdom
Died 6 March 1930(1930-03-06) (aged 76)
Ware, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Dorothy Mary Paget
Alma mater University College, Oxford

Herbert John Gladstone, 1st Viscount Gladstone GCMG, GBE, PC, JP (18 February 1854 – 6 March 1930) was a British Liberal statesman. The youngest son of William Ewart Gladstone, he was Home Secretary from 1905 to 1910 and Governor-General of the Union of South Africa from 1910 to 1914.


  • Background and education 1
  • Political career 2
  • Later life 3
  • Family 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Background and education

Gladstone was the youngest son of Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone and his wife Catherine, daughter of Sir Stephen Glynne, 8th Baronet, and was born in Downing Street where his father was living at the time as Chancellor of the Exchequer. William Henry Gladstone and Lord Gladstone of Hawarden were his elder brothers. He was educated at Eton and University College, Oxford, and lectured in history at Keble College, Oxford, for three years.[1]

Political career

In 1880 Gladstone became private secretary to his father.[1] That same year, having unsuccessfully contested the Middlesex constituency,[2] he was elected Liberal Member of Parliament for Leeds,[1][3] and in the 1885 General Election was returned to Parliament for Leeds West.[1][3] Having been a junior Lord of the Treasury from 1881 to 1885, Gladstone became Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Works in 1885. The following year served for a brief period as Financial Secretary to the War Office in his father's third administration. In 1892, on his father's return to power, he was made Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department,[1] and two years later he became First Commissioner of Works in Lord Rosebery's government,[4] at which time he was also sworn of the Privy Council.[5] The Liberals fell from power in 1895. He became the Liberals' Chief Whip in 1899[1] and in 1903 he negotiated on behalf of the Liberals an electoral pact with the Labour Representation Committee.

Gladstone returned to office in 1905 when Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman appointed him Home Secretary.[6] His tenure as Home Secretary was not widely considered a great success.

As Prince of Wales, King Edward VII had come to enjoy warm and mutually respectful relations with W.E.Gladstone, whom Queen Victoria detested.[7] These feelings did not extend to his son. In September 1908 he permitted Roman Catholic priests in vestments, led by Cardinal Vanutelli, to carry the Host in a procession through the streets of London. There were a flood of protests, and the King asked Gladstone to ban the procession to avert a breach of the peace. The Home Secretary was on holiday in Scotland at the time, and did not reply, giving rise to false rumours that the King – who was known to take an interest in Roman Catholic rituals when abroad – favoured the procession. In the end the Prime Minister H. H. Asquith had to ask Lord Ripon, the only Catholic Cabinet Minister, to ask for the Host and vestments to be cancelled.[8]

The following year the King rebuked Gladstone for appointing two ladies, Lady Frances Balfour and Mrs H.J. Tennant, to serve on a Royal Commission on reforming Divorce Law – the King thought divorce could not be discussed with “delicacy or even decency” before ladies. Philip Magnus suggests that Gladstone may have become a whipping-boy for the King’s general irritation with the Liberal Government.[8]

Gladstone was sacked in the reshuffle in 1910 and the King agreed, with some reluctance, to appoint him the first County of Lanark, the same year.[10]

Later life

After his return from France. He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in 1917.[12]


Lord Gladstone married Dorothy Mary, daughter of Sir Richard Paget, 1st Baronet, in 1901. She was over twenty years his junior. There were no children from the marriage. Lord Gladstone died in March 1930, aged 76, at his Ware home, and was buried in the town's Little Munden Church. With no children, his title became extinct at his death. The Viscountess Gladstone died in June 1953.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Herbert John Gladstone, 1st and last Viscount Gladstone,
  2. ^ Fred W. S. Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results, 1832-1885, Dartmouth, 1989, ISBN 0900178264, p. 425
  3. ^ a b House of Commons: Ladywood to Leek,
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26502. p. 2019. 10 April 1894.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26494. p. 1517. 13 March 1894.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27863. p. 8897. 12 December 1905.
  7. ^ Magnus 1964, p212
  8. ^ a b c Magnus 1964, p541
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28363. p. 3162. 6 May 1910.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28350. p. 2029. 22 March 1910.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28842. p. 4877. 19 June 1914.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 30250. p. 8794. 24 August 1917.
  • Ian Machin, entry in Dictionary of Liberal Biography, Brack et al. (eds.) Politico's, 1998

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Herbert Gladstone
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Ewart Gladstone
John Barran
William Jackson
Member of Parliament for Leeds
With: John Barran
and William Jackson
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Leeds West
1885Jan. 1910
Succeeded by
Thomas Harvey
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Northcote
Financial Secretary to the War Office
Succeeded by
Hon. St John Brodrick
Preceded by
Charles Stuart-Wortley
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
George W. E. Russell
Preceded by
George Shaw-Lefevre
First Commissioner of Works
Succeeded by
Aretas Akers-Douglas
Preceded by
Aretas Akers-Douglas
Home Secretary
Succeeded by
Winston Churchill
Government offices
New office Governor-General of the Union of South Africa
Succeeded by
The Viscount Buxton
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Gladstone
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