Ailwyn Fellowes, 1st Baron Ailwyn
The Lord Ailwyn
|Vice-Chamberlain of the Household|
10 July 1895 – 3 December 1900
|Prime Minister||The Marquess of Salisbury|
|Preceded by||Hon. Charles Spencer|
|Succeeded by||Sir Alexander Fuller-Acland-Hood, Bt|
|President of the Board of Agriculture|
14 March 1905 – 4 December 1905
|Prime Minister||Arthur Balfour|
|Preceded by||The Earl of Onslow|
|Succeeded by||The Earl Carrington|
|Born||10 November 1855|
Haverland Hall, Norwich, Norfolk
|Died||23 September 1924 (aged 68)|
Honingham Hall, Honingham, Norfolk
|Spouse(s)||Hon. Agatha Jolliffe (d. 1938)|
|Alma mater||Trinity Hall, Cambridge|
Ailwyn Edward Fellowes, 1st Baron Ailwyn KCVO KBE PC DL (10 November 1855 – 23 September 1924), was a British businessman, farmer and Conservative politician. He was a member of Arthur Balfour's cabinet as President of the Board of Agriculture between March and December 1905.
Background and education
Fellowes was born at Haveringland Hall, Norfolk, the younger son of Edward Fellowes (later Baron de Ramsey) and the Hon. Mary Julia, daughter of George Milles, 4th Baron Sondes. William Fellowes, 2nd Baron de Ramsey, was his elder brother. He was educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He trained as a barrister, but never qualified, turning instead to agriculture and politics. He inherited Honingham Hall in Norfolk from his aunt in 1887 and devoted muchy of his time to running and improving it.
Fellowes unsuccessfully contested Mid Norfolk in 1885 and North Norfolk in 1886 but won Ramsey in 1887 in a by-election following his brother's succession to the peerage. He held office under Lord Salisbury as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household between 1895 and 1900 and under Salisbury and Arthur Balfour as a Lord of the Treasury between 1900 and 1905. In March 1905 he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed President of the Board of Agriculture by Balfour, with a seat in the cabinet, a post he held until the government fell in December 1905.
Between 1917 and 1919 Fellowes was Chairman of the Agricultural Wages Board and Deputy Director of Food Production. Apart from his involvement in national politics he was chairman of Norfolk County Council from 1920, having been an alderman for many years. Fellowes was made a deputy lieutenant of Norfolk in 1909. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1911, after serving as Deputy President of the Royal Agricultural Show to The King (George V), and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1917. In the 1921 Birthday Honours he was raised to the peerage as Baron Ailwyn, of Honingham in the County of Norfolk.
- Ronald Townshend Fellowes, 2nd Baron Ailwyn (7 December 1886 – 30 August 1936)
- Eric William Edward Fellowes, 3rd Baron Ailwyn (24 November 1887 – 23 March 1976)
- Capt. Hon. Hedworth George Ailwyn Fellowes (10 July 1891 – 12 May 1917), killed in the First World War.
- Carol Arthur Fellowes, 4th Baron Ailwyn (23 November 1896 – 27 September 1988)
Lord Ailwyn died at Honingham Hall in September 1924, aged 68, and was buried in the grounds of the local church. Lady Ailwyn died in July 1938.
- thepeerage.com Ailwyn Edward Fellowes, 1st Baron Ailwyn
- "Fellowes, Ailwyn (FLWS874AE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Obituary, The Times, 24 September 1924
- "No. 27774". The London Gazette. 14 March 1905. p. 2011.
- "No. 28241". The London Gazette. 13 April 1909. p. 2926.
- "No. 32346". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1921. p. 4529.
- "Agatha Eleanor Augusta Fellowes (née Jolliffe), Lady Ailwyn (1863–1938), Wife of 1st Baron Ailwyn; daughter of 2nd Baron Hylton". National Portrait Gallery, London.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Ailwyn Fellowes
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Hon. Edward Fellowes
| Member of Parliament for Ramsey
Hon. Charles Spencer
| Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Sir Alexander Fuller-Acland-Hood, Bt
Henry Torrens Anstruther
William Hayes Fisher
| Lord of the Treasury
With: Henry Torrens Anstruther 1900–1903
William Hayes Fisher 1900–1902
Henry Forster 1902–1905
Lord Balniel 1903–1905
Lord Edmund Talbot
The Earl of Onslow
| President of the Board of Agriculture
The Earl Carrington
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Baron Ailwyn