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Ernest Soares
Upcott House in the parish of Pilton, near Barnstaple, Devon, residence of Soares from 1901 to pre-1917[1]

Sir Ernest Joseph Soares (20 October 1864 – 15 March 1926), of 36 Princes Gate, London,[2] and of Upcott House[3] in the parish of Pilton, near Barnstaple in North Devon, was a British solicitor and Liberal politician.

OriginsEdit

Soares was the son of José Luís Xavier Soares, a Liverpool merchant of Indian origin tracing his roots to Ucassaim, Goa in Portuguese India. Prior to conversion to Christianity the family were Gaud Saraswat Brahmins with the surname Gaitonde.[4]

CareerEdit

 
Electioneering hand bill used by Soares in defending his seat of Barnstaple in the January 1906 General Election

He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, where he read law.[5] He was a partner in Allen, Prestage and Soares, solicitors, of Manchester. In 1900 he was elected to the House of Commons for Barnstaple, and rented Upcott House, where he was resident in 1901, a large white stucco Georgian mansion one mile from the centre of Barnstaple and a prominent landmark for the voters and inhabitants of that town, from Sir William Robert Williams, 3rd Baronet of nearby Heanton Court. He served in the Liberal administration of H. H. Asquith as a Junior Lord of the Treasury from 1910 to 1911. The latter year failing health forced him to resign this post and his seat in the House of Commons. He was knighted the same year.

Marriage & progenyEdit

When Soares was working as a solicitor in Manchester and residing at Woodheys,[6][7] on Washway Road, in Ashton upon Mersey (today Sale), he married Kate Carolyn Lord (1864-1932), daughter of his then near-neighbour Samuel Lord (1803-1889), the British-born American retail millionaire and founder of Lord & Taylor today the oldest luxury department store in the United States. Lord was born in Saddleworth, Cheshire, and emigrated to America in about 1821. Having retired from managing his retail empire, in 1866 he returned to England and resided at Oakleigh, on The Avenue in Ashton upon Mersey. Lord left nine million dollars (£1.848 million[8]) at his death.[9] By his wife Soares had one daughter and only child:

  • Kate Rose Mary Soares (b. 1894), who married Captain Walter Bell (1880–1954), MC,[10] known as Karamojo Bell, the Scottish adventurer and African big game hunter.

DeathEdit

He died in Mayfair, London, in March 1926, aged 61.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Newspaper engagement announcement of his daughter March 1917 stated him to be "formerly of Upcott House"
  2. ^ Address in 1917, per Western Times newspaper, Devon, 1 Mar 1917 [1]
  3. ^ Address before 1917, per Western Times newspaper, Devon, 1 Mar 1917
  4. ^ Vaz, J. Clement (1997). Profiles of Eminent Goans, Past and Present. Concept Publishing Company. p. 262.
  5. ^ "Soares,Ernest Joseph (SRS881EJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  6. ^ Website created and compiled by Charlie Hulme and Lis Nicolson, with the assistance of the John Cassidy Committee, Slane History & Archaeology Society.[2]
  7. ^ Now "Woodheys Social Club"
  8. ^ Lawrence H. Officer, "Dollar-Pound Exchange Rate From 1791," MeasuringWorth, 2017 [3]
  9. ^ Website created and compiled by Charlie Hulme and Lis Nicolson, with the assistance of the John Cassidy Committee, Slane History & Archaeology Society.[4]
  10. ^ Western Times newspaper, Devon, 2 Mar 1917

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