Frederick Thellusson, 5th Baron Rendlesham

"Property in Suffolk"
Baron Rendlesham, M.P., as caricatured by Théobald Chartran in Vanity Fair, October 1881

Frederick William Brook Thellusson, 5th Baron Rendlesham (9 February 1840 – 9 November 1911), was a British Conservative politician.

He was born in Florence, Italy,[1] to Frederick Thellusson, 4th Baron Rendlesham, and his wife Elizabeth Charlotte, daughter of Sir George Prescott, 2nd Baronet, and former wife of General Sir James Duff. His mother died when he was less than one year old. In 1852, aged twelve, he succeeded in the barony on the death of his father. However, as this was an Irish peerage it did not entitle him to a seat in the House of Lords.

Photograph of Lord Rendlesham, about 1874, when he was 34.
Lord Rendlesham, about 1874

Lord Rendlesham was appointed Sheriff of Suffolk in 1870 and elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Suffolk East at a by-election in March 1874, a seat he held until the constituency was abolished at the 1885 general election.[2]

Educated in England at Eton and Oxford,[3] he was reportedly a fine footballer at Eton and maintained a keen interest in other sports in later life, being on the National Hunt Committee as well as a member of the Jockey Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron.[4]

Failing eyesight in 1911 caused him to resign from long-held positions as chairman of the East Suffolk County Council[5] and the Suffolk Quarter Sessions.[6] He subsequently contracted blood-poisoning, leading to the amputation of his left hand in July 1911.[7][8]

Lord Rendlesham married Lady Egidia, daughter of Archibald Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton, in 1861. They had three sons and five daughters. Lady Rendlesham died in January 1880. Lord Rendlesham remained a widower until his death in November 1911, aged 71. He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Frederick.


  1. ^ FamilySearch (1881). "England and Wales Census, 1881". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. p. RG 11/1887 folio 19 page 1. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 462. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  3. ^ "Lord Rendlesham: peer, politician and public man". Lambert's Family Almanack for 1912: 49. 1911.
  4. ^ "The late Lord Rendlesham". The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News (18 November 1911).
  5. ^ "East Suffolk County Council". The Diss Express. 17 March 1911.
  6. ^ "A Magistrate for Fifty Years". The Leeds Mercury. 15 April 1911.
  7. ^ "Obituary: Lord Rendlesham". The Times. 10 November 1911.
  8. ^ "Lord Rendlesham: peer, politician and public man". Lambert's Family Almanack for 1912: 47. 1911.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frederick Snowdon Corrance
Viscount Mahon
Member of Parliament for Suffolk Eastern
1874 – 1885
With: Viscount Mahon 1874–1876
Frederick St John Barne 1876–1885
Constituency abolished
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Frederick Thellusson
Baron Rendlesham
Succeeded by
Frederick Archibald Charles Thellusson