Herbert Cozens-Hardy, 1st Baron Cozens-Hardy

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Cozens-Hardy
Master of the Rolls
In office
6 March 1907 – 3 May 1918
Preceded bySir Richard Collins
Succeeded bySir Charles Swinfen Eady
Personal details
Herbert Hardy Cozens

22 November 1838
Letheringsett, Holt, Norfolk
Died18 June 1920(1920-06-18) (aged 81)
Letheringsett, Holt, Norfolk
Spouse(s)Maria Hepburn (d. 1886)
Alma materUniversity College London
ProfessionBarrister, judge
Herbert Cozens-Hardy
"fair, if not beautiful". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1901
Monument, Kensal Green Cemetery

Herbert Hardy Cozens-Hardy, 1st Baron Cozens-Hardy, PC (22 November 1838 – 18 June 1920) was a British politician and Master of the Rolls from 1907 until 1918.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Letheringsett, Norfolk in 1838, the second son of William Hardy Cozens-Hardy and was educated at Amersham School. His grandmother was the diarist Mary Hardy.

He entered University College London in 1857 to read law and was called to the bar in 1862. In 1868 he married Maria Hepburn,[1] who bore him two sons and two daughters before her death in 1886.


By 1862 he was a Fellow of University College London, a QC, Bencher of Lincoln's Inn and Chairman of the General Council of the Bar. From 1885 to 1889 he was also the Liberal M.P. for North Norfolk, resigning his seat on his appointment to the Bench.

Knighted in the 1899 Birthday Honours, he was firstly a Judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. In November 1901 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal[2] and a Privy Councillor.[3] He served seven years as Master of the Rolls, simultaneously serving as Chairman of the Historical Manuscripts Commission. He was created Baron Cozens-Hardy, of Letheringsett, on 1 July 1914. Retiring in 1918, he died less than two years later in 1920, aged 81.

Via his eldest daughter, Katharine, he was the maternal grandfather of Kenneth Horne. His younger daughter, Hope, married Austin Pilkington of the Pilkington glassmaking family.

Baron Cozens-Hardy is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery.


  1. ^ Who was Who 1916–1928, 1992 reprint: ISBN 0-7136-3143-0
  2. ^ "No. 27372". The London Gazette. 5 November 1901. p. 7144.
  3. ^ "No. 27372". The London Gazette. 5 November 1901. p. 7138.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Birkbeck
Sir Edmund Lacon
Member of Parliament for North Norfolk
Succeeded by
William Brampton Gurdon
Legal offices
Preceded by
Richard Collins
Master of the Rolls
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Swinfen Eady
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Cozens-Hardy
Succeeded by
William Hepburn Cozens-Hardy