The Honorable Octavius Duncombe, M.P., J.P.
1817 – 1879
Relationship with the Hatfield and St Albans Railway Company:
- The Minute Book records that he was one of the seven who attended the second Board meeting, on Friday 17th April 1863, the first time all seven sat together. He was one of the two Great Northern Railway Directors to sit on the H&SAR Board.
- His last Board meeting was that of 12th June 1868, although he remained a Board member for some while after that.
- Born on 8th April 1817, of Charles Duncombe, 1st Baron Feversham, and Lady Charlotte.
- Became a Conservative Member of Parliament for the North Riding of Yorkshire in September 1841.
- Married Lady Emily Caroline Campbell on 31st March 1842.
- Became Deputy-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in October 1853.
- Left Parliament in 1859.
- Became a Conservative Member of Parliament for the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1867.
- Left Parliament in 1874.
- Died on 3rd December 1879 at 84 Eaton Square, Middlesex.
- Will proved on 13th February 1880: effects under £160,000.
- (Wife died on 22nd May 1911, at Waresley Park: Probate 15th July 1911: effects £2,564.13.10.)
- Among his Directorships were:
- The London and York Railway (1844).
- The York and Lancaster Railway (1845)
- The Rugby and Huntingdon Railway (c1845).
- The Sheffield, Nottingham and London Direct Railway (1845).
- The Great Northern Railway (Chairman) (c1878).
- Arlington Court, St George, Westminster.
- Waresley Park, St Neots, Huntingdonshire.
- Tetworth, St Neots, Huntingdonshire.
- Westerdale, Yorkshire.
- 84 Eaton Square, Westminster.
He, his parents, 1 sister, 1 brother and others are at Arlington Court, St George, Westminster, in the 1841 census: Independent. He, his wife, 3 daughters, 2 sons and many others are at Waresley House, Waresley, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, in the 1851 census: Son of Peer, Member of Parliament, and Magistrate. He, his wife, 3 daughters, 2 sons and many others are at Mansion House, Waresley, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, in the 1861 census: Honourable, Army retired Colonel of Militia and Magistrate. He, his wife, 2 daughters and others are at 84 Eaton Square, Westminster, in the 1871 census: M.P., Colonel of Militia, Magistrate and Landowner.
Information gathered from:
- The Hatfield & St Albans Railway Company Minute Book.
- British censuses.
- Wills Index.
- The Times Digital Archive.