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Rt. Hon. Sir Thomas Walker Hobart Inskip


Born 5th March 1876 in Clifton, Bristol. He was the son of James Inskip and Constance Sophia Louisa Hampden. He attended Clifton College from 1886 - 1894 and King's College, Cambridge.

In 1891 the family lived at Clifton Park House, Clifton.

Standing (L-R): H.S.Sinnott, T.W.Baker, A.W.Board, W.J.Lias, W.H.Birch, T.W.H.Inskip, H.Mills. Sitting: J.M.Greenwood, T.S.Duffett, E.W.Baker, W.E.Paul, H.N.Spencer, C.W.W.James. On Ground: E.S.B.Smith, T.Taylor, A.B.Cridland.

The above photo was taken just before the match v Bristol outside the pavilion at the County Ground on 10th April 1897. The game ended in a 6-5 victory for Bristol. Bristol scored a try in the last second as the whistle went for full-time. Clifton claiming that the ball had been touched down after the whistle. Thomas Inskip standing 2nd right. For more details click here

He married on 30th July 1914, Lady Augusta Orr-Ewing, eldest daughter of the seventh Earl of Glasgow, David Boyle, and widow of Charles Orr Ewing, Unionist MP for Ayr Burghs.

He was MP for Central Bristol from 1918-29, Knighted in 1922 and MP for Fareham 1931-39.

Despite an exclusively legal track record, in 1936 Inskip became the first Minister for Coordination of Defence. His appointment to this particular office was highly controversial. Winston Churchill had long campaigned for such an office and when its creation was announced, most expected Churchill to be appointed. When Inskip was named a famous remark was "This is the most cynical appointment since Caligula made his horse a consul", His appointment is now regarded as a sign of caution by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin who did not wish to appoint someone like Churchill, because it would have been interpreted by foreign powers as a sign of the United Kingdom preparing for war. Baldwin anyway wished to avoid taking onboard such a controversial and radical minister as Churchill.

He become Viscount Caldecote of Bristol in 1939. He was Leader of the House of Lords in 1940 and Lord Chief Justice from 1940-46. He held many other positions of influence and note throughout his life.

He died on October 11th 1947 at his home, Greystones, Enton, Godalming, Surrey. He was buried at Caldecote, near Baldock, Hertfordshire.

He was succeeded as Viscount Caldecote by his son Robert Andrew Inskip. Born 8th October 1917. He died on 20th September 1999. The current Viscount is his son Piers James Hampden Inskip who was born on the 20th May 1947. He married, firstly, Susan Bridget Mellen, daughter of William Palmer Mellen, on 18 February 1970. He married, secondly, Kristine Elizabeth Holbrooke-Jackson, daughter of Harvey Holbrooke-Jackson, in 1984. Piers James Hampden Inskip had a son, Hon. Thomas James Caldecote, born 22nd March 1985, and a daughter, Susan Bridget Mellen, by his first marriage.

His brother John Hampden Inskip went on to play for Clifton RFC from 1901. For more details click here