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Harry McCalmont

File:Harry McCalmont Vanity Fair 5 October 1889.png
Colonel Harry McCalmont: caricature by Leslie Ward ("Spy"), 1889

Colonel Harry Leslie Blundell McCalmont (1861 – 8 December 1902) was a British army officer, race-horse owner, yachtsman and Conservative party politician.

He was the son of Hugh Barklie Blundell McCalmont, and was educated at Eton College before gaining a commission in the 6th Regiment of Foot in 1881.[1] He subsequently transferred to the Scots Guards four years later.[1]

In 1888 his millionaire great uncle, Hugh McCalmont died. Under the conditions of his will, a trust fund was established paying Harry McCalmont 2,000 pounds a year for seven years, after which he would inherit the remainder of the estate.[1] He used this income to purchase the Cheveley Park estate and stud farm near Newmarket from the Duke of Rutland.[2] There he established a successful stable of racehorses. Among his horses were Timothy, a winner of the Ascot Gold Cup and Alexandra Plate and Isinglass winner of the Epsom Derby, St. Leger Stakes and Epsom Gold Cup.[1] He retired from the regular army in 1889, becoming colonel of the 6th (Militia) Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.[1] He was also a keen yachtsman and member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.[1]

In 1895 a general election was called, and McCalmont was selected as Conservative candidate for the Newmarket constituency, then held by the Liberals. He was successful, unseating the sitting member of parliament, Sir George Newnes.[1]

The Second Boer War broke out in 1899, and in the following year McCalmont's battalion went to South Africa, serving in the Cape Colony and Orange River Colony. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath for his services in the war.[1] A general election was held in 1900, and McCalmont, who was still in South Africa, was re-elected with an increased majority. His opponent in the election was C D Rose, owner of the racehorse Ravensbury which had been a rival to Isinglass.[1]

Harry McCalmont married twice, but had no children. He died suddenly at his London home from heart failure in December 1902.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "Obituary: Colonel Harry McCalmont C.B. M.P.". The Times: p. 10. 9 December 1902. 
  2. "A Brief History". Cheveley Park Stud. http://www.cheveleypark.co.uk/about_us.htm#A%20Brief%20History. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 


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