Sir Gillery Pigott (1813 – 27 April 1875)[1] was a British Liberal Party politician and judge.[2]

Sir Gillery Pigott
Mr Baron Pigott (1875)
Member of Parliament
for Reading
In office
21 November 1860 – 3 October 1863
Serving with Francis Goldsmid
Preceded byFrancis Pigott
Francis Goldsmid
Succeeded byFrancis Goldsmid
George Shaw-Lefevre
Personal details
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Died (aged 61)
Sherfield Hill House, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire
Resting placeSherfield on Loddon, Hampshire
Political partyLiberal
Lucy Gough
(m. 1836)
Parent(s)Paynton Pigott Stainsby-Conant
Lucy Drope Gough

Early life and family edit

Born in Oxford in 1813, Pigott was the fourth son of Paynton Pigott (later Stainsby-Conant) and Lucy, third daughter of Richard Drope Gough. He was educated in Putney at the school of Reverend William Carmalt. In 1836, he married Frances, daughter of Thomas Drake, and they had eight children: two sons and six daughters.[2]

Legal career edit

The Hon. Mr. Baron Pigott - The Illustrated London News (1863)

Pigott launched his legal career in 1836 when he entered the Middle Temple, and three years later he was called to the bar and entered the Oxford circuit. There, he worked with H Rodwell to serialise reports of appeals from revising barristers between 1844 and 1846.[2]

In 1854, he was made counsel to the Inland Revenue and in 1856, he became serjeant, receiving a patent of precedence the following year. From December 1857 to December 1862, he was recorder of Hereford.[2]

Pigott was made a Baron of the Court of the Exchequer on 3 October 1863, and was knighted on 1 November. The appointment was initially received with disfavour by the bar, but he became well-liked and recognised for strict impartiality and conscientiousness in his arbitration.[2]

Political career edit

Pigott first launched his bid for a seat in the House of Commons in 1859, when he stood for Banbury; he retired before polling day. The next year, he was elected MP for Reading at a by-election – caused by his elder brother Francis Pigott Stainsby Conant being appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man — but resigned just under three years later when he became the last baron appointed a judge of the Court of the Exchequer. During his brief period in parliament, he made a notable effort to introduce a law correcting anomalies in Jersey law.[3]

Death edit

Pigott died at his home, Sherfield Hill House, near Basingstoke, Hampshire on 27 April 1875 from a heart attack precipitated by a fall from his horse. He was buried at the parish church at Sherfield upon Lodden the next day. His son, Arthur Gough Pigott, banned the Anglican burial service being read over the coffin, leading to a £1 fine with costs.[2]

Arms edit

Coat of arms of Gillery Pigott
A greyhound statant per pale Sable and Ermine.[4]
Per fess Ermine and Sable three pickaxes counterchanged.

References edit

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)
  2. ^ a b c d e f Polden, Patrick (23 September 2004). "Pigott, Sir Gillery". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/22252. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832–1885 (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.
  4. ^ Debrett's Judicial Bench. 1869.

External links edit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Reading
With: Francis Goldsmid
Succeeded by