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Sir Lancelot Sanderson

(1863-1944), Politician and Chief justice of Bengal

Sitter in 4 portraits

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Will Orrock

04 May 2020, 18:35

The images above are of my great Grandfather, Lancelot Sanderson. I am trying to build out some more information around our family tree and it sounds like some people here have done some research. Any information greatly appreciated!

Ian Laidlaw Wilson

29 February 2020, 07:41

My late father County Cllr John Wilson (late of Scale House Farm Conder Green) was the god son of John Sanderson. I am Ian Laidlaw Wilson, my great uncle B.D.Stuart MA Oxford, formerly of 2 School Villas, Galgate was my great uncle Ben, brother of Margeret Clayton Wilson, late of Scale House Farm, my other great uncle was Rimmon Clayton Stuart. I used to visit John Sanderson in the nineteen sixties with my father - all gone now they were all of a better standard than today.

Sue Brierly

14 November 2016, 15:06


My Great Grandfather was Edward Lancelot Sanderson, the first cousin of Sir Lancelot. Lancelot is a family name. My Fathers Mother was a Sanderson, he was Henry Barnard Lancelot Brierly. I am doing family research into the Sanderson's.
I live in Lancaster- having moved here in 1992, not realising that the family are from here.

The following is from the Citation below. It is accurate.

However, at 16 Castle Hill (though the numbering may not equate to today’s) in 1851 we find the eminently traceable family of School Master Lancelot Sanderson, born Morland, Westmorland about 1792, with his wife Agnes and children. In 1841 they lived at Mill Lane, near Lune Street, Lancelot then described as a gentleman. They had six children, Elizabeth, John, Sarah Jane, Mary, Lancelot junior and Edward. By 1861 Lancelot senior had retired and moved to nearby Church Street, but his three daughters are boarding school mistresses. But where? That remains to be seen. Their father died in 1871, still at Church Street so let us turn to the brothers. Did Lancelot teach at the grammar school? Proximity might suggest that.
Lancelot and Agnes’ oldest son John Sanderson was born in 1831. With relatively common forename and surname, he was hard to track. However, if the name Lancelot occurs among his children, we may be on the right track. It seems John entered banking and rose to be area manager of Lancashire and Westmorland. In 1861 a John Sanderson, born 1831, is a bank cashier in Church Street. He married Alice Tunstall, daughter of widowed Eleanor Tunstall, in the Sept quarter of 1859. They had children Eleanor, born 1863, Lancelot a year later and John in 1867, so it may be safe to suppose that this John is indeed the son of Lancelot and Agnes, especially as his wife, Alice Tunstall, herself attended boarding school at Milnthorpe which would give them some common ground.
Neither Lancelot, born in 1864, nor his younger brother John Tunstall, followed their grandfather into teaching – both went into law, Lancelot becoming a barrister – more of him below.
John Sanderson married Josephine Mary Satterthwaite Edmondson in June 1894 and they had children Josephine Marjorie (1895), Thomas Lancelot (1900) and Robert Tunstall) in 1906.
As for Lancelot, born 1864, he became a barrister, taking silk in 1903 having been appointed Recorder of Wigan in 1901. He was elected Conservative MP for Appleby in 1910 barrister of the Inner re-elected in the general election of December 1910, but resigned his seat and recordership in October 1915, when he was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature in Calcutta. Upon his resignation from that position in 1926, he was appointed to the Privy Council and sat on its Judicial Committee from 1934 until 1935. He died in Ward House, Ellel Lancaster aged 80 yrs. 137 days.
He was also an occasional county cricketer (right-hand bat, slow bowler), playing two first-class matches; for Lancashire in 1884, and for the MCC in 1888.

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