George Lambert, 1st Viscount Lambert

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The Right Honourable
The Viscount Lambert
1921 George Lambert.jpg
Lambert in 1921
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for South Molton
In office
Preceded by Newton Wallop
Succeeded by Cedric Drewe
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for South Molton
In office
Preceded by Cedric Drewe
Succeeded by George Lambert, 2nd Viscount Lambert
Personal details
Born (1866-06-25)25 June 1866
South Tawton, Devon, England
Died 17 February 1958(1958-02-17) (aged 91)
Spreyton, Devon, England
Political party
Children George Lambert, 2nd Viscount Lambert

George Lambert, 1st Viscount Lambert, PC (25 June 1866 – 17 February 1958) was a long-serving British Member of Parliament (MP).

Birth and education[edit]

George Lambert c1895
George Lambert c1910

Lambert was born in South Tawton in Devon, on 25 June 1866, the son of George Lambert Gorwyn and his wife, Grace Howard.

George Lambert Gorwyn (1818-1885), who is remembered today as a quarrelsome and much disliked man, had inherited farms in Spreyton and Drewsteignton. He dropped the surname Gorwyn in the 1870s, becoming known merely as George Lambert. His wife, Grace Howard, was the daughter of a farm labourer from South Tawton, who had been his housekeeper. They married in 1866.[1]

Lambert was educated at Spreyton School and North Tawton Grammar School. He left school after his father's death in 1885, and commenced farming.[2]

Political career[edit]

Lambert served as a County Councillor for Devonshire, 1889-1912, and as a County Alderman, 1912-1952.[3]

He was first elected as Liberal MP for South Molton at a by-election in 1891. He was Civil Lord of the Admiralty, 1905-1915, "a post for which he had no obvious qualifications. 'A farmer sent to sea' was a jibe frequently heard in those days" (The Times).[4] He lost his seat at the 1924 General Election to the Conservative Cedric Drewe, but regained it at the 1929 general election. Although he began his parliamentary career as a Liberal, in 1931 Lambert had become a National Liberal supporting the Conservative Party, following a long period criticising David Lloyd George and opposition to the Labour Party.

Lambert was made a Privy Councillor in 1912.[5] He was created Viscount Lambert when he stepped down as an MP in July 1945, after 48 years, 348 days in the House of Commons, the fifth longest-serving MP of the 20th century.

His eldest son, the Hon. George Lambert, followed him as MP for South Molton, later Torrington, at the 1945 general election, and succeeded him as Viscount Lambert in 1958.

Personal life[edit]

Lambert was married on 30 August 1904 to Barbara Stavers, the daughter of George Stavers, a ship-owner of Morpeth, by whom he had two daughters and two sons.[6]

He died, aged 91 years, at his home, "Coffins" in Spreyton on 17 February 1958.

Lambert "was a good shot, and was also fond of a round of golf."[7]



  1. ^ "TABLE 4: the George Lamberts of Spreyton" (PDF). Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  2. ^ North Exeter and Plymouth Gazette (Friday, 15 May 1936), p. 10. Dod's Parliamentary Companion, 1907, p. 288.
  3. ^ Debrett's Peerage (1963), p. 711.
  4. ^ The Times (London, England) (Tuesday, 18 Feb 1958, p. 11).
  5. ^ The Times, loc. cit.
  6. ^ Dod's Peerage (1954), p. 138. The Times, loc. cit.
  7. ^ The Times, loc. cit.
  8. ^

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Newton Wallop
Member of Parliament for South Molton
Succeeded by
Cedric Drewe
Preceded by
Cedric Drewe
Member of Parliament for South Molton
Succeeded by
George Lambert (2nd)
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Lambert
Succeeded by
George Lambert