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John George Butcher, 1st Baron Danesfort, KC (15 November 1853 – 30 June 1935), known as Sir John Butcher, Bt, between 1918 and 1924, was a British barrister and Conservative Party politician.

Sir John Butcher
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John Butcher, 1st Baron Danesfort
Member of Parliament
for York
In office
10 January 1910 – 6 December 1923
Serving with Arnold Stephenson Rowntree (1910-1918)
Preceded byHamar Greenwood
Denison Faber
Succeeded byJohn Marriott
In office
26 July 1892 – 8 February 1906
Serving with Frank Lockwood (1892-1897)
Charles Beresford (1898-1900)
Denison Faber (1900-1906)
Preceded byAlfred Pease
Frank Lockwood
Succeeded byHamar Greenwood
Denison Faber
Personal details
Born(1853-11-15)15 November 1853
Died30 June 1935(1935-06-30) (aged 81)
Political partyConservative


Background and educationEdit

Butcher was the second son of the Most Reverend Samuel Butcher, Bishop of Meath, the grandson of Vice-Admiral Samuel Butcher (1770–1849), and the younger brother of Samuel Henry Butcher. His mother was Mary, daughter of John Leahy. He was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge,[1] and was called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, in 1878.[2]

Butcher in 1873 (left of back row), Shakespeare Society, Trinity College, Cambridge

Political careerEdit

Butcher was Member of Parliament for York from 1892 to 1906 and from 1910 to 1923,[2][3][4] in 1918 becoming the first Member of Parliament for York to be the sole parliamentary representative, as the constituency had previously had two MPs. He was made a Queen's Counsel in 1897,[5] awarded the honorary freedom of the City of York in 1906 and created a baronet, of Danesfort in the County of Kerry, in 1918.[6] In 1924 he was further honoured when he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Danesfort, of Danesfort in the County of Kerry.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Lord Danesfort married Alice Mary, daughter of J. E. L. Brandreth, in 1898. There were no children from the marriage. She died in June 1929. Lord Danesfort survived her by six years and died in June 1935, aged 81, at which time the baronetcy and barony became extinct.[2]


  1. ^ "Butcher, John George (BTCR870JG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b c John George Butcher, 1st and last Baron Danesfort
  3. ^ House of Commons: Yardley to Youghal
  4. ^ John George Butcher Archived 24 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "No. 26856". The London Gazette. 25 May 1897. p. 2928.
  6. ^ "No. 30958". The London Gazette. 18 October 1918. p. 12249.
  7. ^ "No. 32910". The London Gazette. 22 February 1924. p. 1570.

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