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George Lane-Fox, 1st Baron Bingley

Lieutenant-Colonel George Richard Lane Fox, 1st Baron Bingley, PC (15 December 1870 – 11 December 1947) was a British Conservative politician. He served as Secretary for Mines between 1922 and 1924, and again between 1924 and 1928.

The Lord Bingley

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Lord Bingley.
Secretary for Mines
In office
6 November 1922 – 22 January 1924
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterBonar Law
Stanley Baldwin
Preceded byWilliam Bridgeman
Succeeded byManny Shinwell
In office
11 November 1924 – 13 January 1928
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterStanley Baldwin
Preceded byManny Shinwell
Succeeded byDouglas King
Personal details
Born15 December 1870
London, England
Died11 December 1947 (1947-12-12) (aged 76)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Hon. Mary Wood (1877–1962)
Alma materNew College, Oxford


Background and educationEdit

Lane Fox was born in London, the son of Captain James Thomas Richard Lane Fox, of Hope Hall and Bramham Park, Yorkshire, and Lucy Frances Jane, daughter of Humphrey St John-Mildmay. He was the great-grandson of George Lane-Fox. He was educated at Eton and at New College, Oxford, and was called to the Bar, Inner Temple, in 1895.[1]


Lane Fox was a militia officer in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment when in April 1902 he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Yeomanry regiment the Yorkshire Hussars.[2] He served with the regiment in the First World War, was wounded and mentioned in despatches and rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.[1] In the 1906 general election which produced a Liberal landslide, Barkston Ash was one of the few constituencies that went the other way. Lane Fox for the Conservatives defeated the Liberal incumbent Joseph Andrews who had defeated him in a by-election the previous year. He went on to represent the constituency until 1931.[1][3] He served as Secretary for Mines from 1922 to 1924 and again from December 1924 (after the fall of the first Labour Government) until 1928.[1] He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1926[4] and was a member of the Indian Statutory Commission.[citation needed] On 24 July 1933 he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Bingley, of Bramham in the County of York.[5]


Lord Bingley married the Hon Mary Agnes Emily Wood (born 25 March 1877, died 25 March 1962), daughter of Charles Wood, 2nd Viscount Halifax and sister of E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, in 1903. They had four daughters:[6]

  • Hon Marcia Agnes Mary Lane Fox, b 4 September 1904. In 1929 she married Francis Gordon Ward Jackson, who took the name Lane Fox by deed poll. As Lt-Col Francis Lane Fox he served in World War II and later became Honorary Colonel of the Yorkshire Hussars. On the death of Lord Bingley, Lt-Col 'Joe' and the Hon Marcia Lane Fox took over the running of the Bramham Park estate.[7]
  • Hon Mary Kathleen Lane Fox, b 19 August 1905, married the 2nd Viscount Bridgeman.[8]
  • Hon Dorothy Lane Fox, b 29 November 1909, married Sir Kenneth Wade Parkinson of Creskeld Hall.
  • Hon Margaret Lane Fox, b 15 April 1913, married firstly, in 1939, Major Charles Packe, Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action in Normandy in July 1944. She married secondly, in 1951, James Hunter; they were divorced in 1956. She married thirdly, in 1969, Brigadier Kenneth Hargreaves.

Lord Bingley died in December 1947, aged 76. As he had no sons the barony died with him. Lady Bingley died in March 1962, aged 85.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e George Richard Lane-Fox, 1st and last Baron Bingley
  2. ^ "No. 27429". The London Gazette. 29 April 1902. p. 2866.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)
  4. ^ "No. 33129". The London Gazette. 2 February 1926. p. 763.
  5. ^ "No. 33963". The London Gazette. 25 July 1933. p. 4961.
  6. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry, 1965 Edn.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Burke's Peerage.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joseph Andrews
Member of Parliament for Barkston Ash
Succeeded by
Sir Leonard Ropner, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
William Bridgeman
Secretary for Mines
Succeeded by
Manny Shinwell
Preceded by
Manny Shinwell
Secretary for Mines
Succeeded by
Douglas King
Military offices
Preceded by
The Lord Bolton
Honorary Colonel of the Yorkshire Hussars
Succeeded by
Thomas Preston
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Bingley