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Stuart Rendel

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Stuart Rendel (1834-1913), partner in W. G. Armstrong and Co

1834 Born in Plymouth the son of James Meadows Rendel and his wife Catherine Jane Harris.

Educated at Eton and Oriel College, Oxford, graduating in 1856 with a fourth-class degree in classical studies.

1861 He was called to the Bar, but he was mostly involved in engineering, becoming manager of the London branch of the Armstrong gunnery company.

Rendel was the Liberal Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire between 1880 and his retirement in March 1894. Although an Englishman and an Anglican, he was popular in his Welsh-speaking constituency, and was nicknamed "the member for Wales" because of his vocal support for Welsh-related causes, such as the creation of the University of Wales. A close friend and associate of William Ewart Gladstone, he was recognised as the leader of the Welsh members of parliament. He also supported disestablishment.

1857 Married Ellen Sophy, daughter of William Egerton Hubbard, and they had four daughters. The second daughter, Maud Ernestine Rendel, married Henry Gladstone, the son of his close friend, William Ewart Gladstone.

1888 Acquired Hatchlands Park in Surrey from the Sumner family.

1894 On his retirement from the House of Commons he was raised to the peerage as Baron Rendel, of Hatchlands in the County of Surrey.

Apart from his political career Rendel was a benefactor to University College of Wales at Aberystwyth and served as its president from 1895 to 1913.

1912 May. His wife died aged 74.

1913 June. He died at his London home, 10 Palace Green, Kensington Palace Gardens, aged 78. The peerage became extinct on his death as he had no sons.

His eldest daughter, Rose Ellen, married Harry Goodhart, a former international footballer who became Professor of Latin at the University of Edinburgh. Their only son, Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel inherited Hatchlands and became an architect.

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