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Godfrey Locker-Lampson

Godfrey Lampson Tennyson Locker-Lampson PC (19 June 1875 – 1 May 1946) was a British Conservative politician, poet and essayist.


Birth and educationEdit

The elder son of the poet Frederick Locker and his second wife Hannah Jane Lampson, daughter of Sir Curtis Lampson, he was educated at Cheam School, Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] His younger brother Oliver Locker-Lampson was also a Conservative MP.

Diplomatic and military serviceEdit

Locker-Lampson entered the Foreign Office in 1898, was appointed Third Secretary in December 1900,[2] and was posted at The Hague and St Petersburg until he left the Diplomatic service in 1903. He then studied law at Lincoln's Inn and was called to the Bar in 1908, though never practised. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Middlesex Yeomanry on 14 March 1900.[3] He served with the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry from 1914 to 1916 and was briefly ADC to Lt.-General Henry Hughes Wilson of IV Corps on the Western Front, during which time he was said to have used his diplomatic skills to effect a rapprochement between Wilson and Lloyd George.[4]

Parliamentary careerEdit

He unsuccessfully contested Chesterfield at the 1906 general election, and served as Conservative Member of Parliament for Salisbury from 1910 to 1918, then Wood Green from 1918 to 1935.

He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, Sir George Cave, in 1916-17, and to the Assistant Foreign Secretary, Lord Robert Gascoyne-Cecil in 1918. He was a Charity Commissioner in 1922-23 and served in government as Under-Secretary of State for Home Affairs from March 1923 to January 1924, and again from November 1924 to December 1925, when he represented the Office of Works in the House of Commons. During this latter period his PPS was Anthony Eden at the Home Office and then briefly at the Foreign Office.[5] He was Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from December 1925 to June 1929. He was a member of the British Delegation to the League of Nations at Geneva in 1928 and was appointed a Privy Counsellor in the same year.

Literary achievementsEdit

He was a published poet, essayist and historian. His works include A Consideration of the State of Ireland in the Nineteenth Century (1907), On Freedom (1911), Oratory, British and Irish. The Great Age from the accession of George the Third to the Reform Bill, 1832 (1918), The Country Gentleman, and Other Essays (1932), and Sun and Shadow: Collected Love Lyrics and other poems (1945). He was also a noted collector of ancient Greek coins and published an important catalogue of his collection in 1923.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married twice: to Sophy Felicité de Rodes (1905), who died in 1935, and to Barbara Hermione Green (1937). He had three daughters by his first wife, Felicity, Stella and Elizabeth.[6]


  1. ^ "Locker-Lampson, Godfrey Tennyson (LKR894GT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "No. 27300". The London Gazette. 29 March 1901. p. 2194.
  3. ^ "No. 27173". The London Gazette. 13 March 1900. p. 1717.
  4. ^ Ash, Bernard The Lost Dictator. A Biography of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson. London: 1968
  5. ^ Thorpe, D. R., Eden: the life and times of Anthony Eden, first Earl of Avon, 1897-1977. London: 2003, p. 80
  6. ^ Obit., The Times, 3 May 1946, and Who Was Who.

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