Henry Studholme

Sir Henry Gray Studholme, 1st Baronet CVO DL (13 June 1899 – 9 October 1987) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Sir Henry Studholme Bart
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
MonarchGeorge VI
Elizabeth II
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Preceded byErnest Popplewell
Succeeded bySir Richard Thompson Bart.
Member of Parliament
for Tavistock
In office
2 April 1942 – 31 March 1966
Preceded byColin Patrick
Succeeded byMichael Heseltine
Personal details
Born(1899-06-13)13 June 1899
Exeter, Devon, England
Died9 October 1987(1987-10-09) (aged 88)
Political partyConservative
Judith Joan Mary Whitbread
(m. 1926)
Children3, including Paul Studholme
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford

Early lifeEdit

Studholme was the son of landowner William Paul Studholme and a grandson of New Zealand pioneer and politician John Studholme. He was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford and served as an officer in the Scots Guards.[1]

The Uffizi Society Oxford, ca. 1920. First row standing: Henry Studholme, later Sir Henry Studholme, baronet (5th from left). Seated: Lord Balniel, later 28th Earl of Crawford (2nd from left); Ralph Dutton, later 8th Baron Sherborne (3rd from left); Anthony Eden, later Earl of Avon (4th from left); Lord David Cecil (5th from left).


Studholme was Member of Parliament (MP) for Tavistock from a 1942 by-election until his retirement in 1966, when he was succeeded by Michael Heseltine. He served under Winston Churchill and then Anthony Eden as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household (i.e. a whip) from 1951 to 1956. In 1956, he was created a Baronet of Perridge in the County of Devon. He was Joint Honorary Treasury of the Conservative Party from 1956 to 1962.

Michael Crick comments that his position as a whip suited him as he was "an appalling speaker" (whips by convention seldom speak in debates in the Commons), although he was considered a diligent constituency MP.[2]


Studholme married Judith Joan Mary Whitbread, daughter of Henry William Whitbread and granddaughter of Samuel Whitbread, in 1929. He died in October 1987, aged 88, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Paul.

He later served as a deputy lieutenant of Devon in 1969.


  • Leigh Rayment's list of baronets
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  • Lundy, Darryl. "FAQ". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
  • Michael Crick, Michael Heseltine: A Biography, Hamish Hamilton, 1997, ISBN 0-241-13691-1.
  1. ^ Crick 1997, p118
  2. ^ Crick 1997, p118

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Tavistock
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Perridge)
Succeeded by