Sir John Lawson, 1st Baronet, of Knavesmire Lodge

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Lawson in 1895.

Sir John Grant Lawson, 1st Baronet (28 July 1856 – 27 May 1919)[1] was a British Unionist politician.

At the 1892 general election, Lawson was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Thirsk and Malton division of the North Riding of Yorkshire. He previously stood unsuccessfully in two Lancashire constituencies: Bury in 1885 and in Heywood 1886.[2]

He served under Lord Salisbury and later Arthur Balfour as Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board from 1900 to 1905. In December the latter year he was created a Baronet, of Knavesmire in the County of York.[1] In the House, he was Chairman of the 1902 Select Committee on Repayment of Loans.[3]

He did not contest the 1906 general election and never returned to the House of Commons.[2]

Lawson died in May 1919, aged 62, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Peter.


Grant Lawson married in St Margaret's Church, Westminster, on 31 July 1902, Sylvia Hunter, youngest daughter of Charles Hunter, of Selaby Hall, Darlington.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Baronetcies beginning with "L" (part 1)". Leigh Rayment's Baronetage pages. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 89, 318, 429. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  3. ^ "Political notes". The Times (36811). London. 4 July 1902. p. 5.
  4. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36835). London. 1 August 1902. p. 7.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lewis Dawnay
Member of Parliament for Thirsk & Malton
Succeeded by
Viscount Helmsley
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Russell
Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board
Succeeded by
Arthur Frederick Jeffreys
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Knavesmire)
Succeeded by
Peter Grant Lawson