George Fydell Rowley, Esq., J.P., D.L.

George Fydell Rowley, Esq., J.P., D.L., a Prominent citizen from the History of Huntingdonshire, England.


Few more popular personalities are to be met in the vicinity of St Neots than that of Mr Rowley, of Priory Park, who has for many years taken a leading part in the public life of the locality and devoted himself to the promotion of good feeling and of effective administration. Mr Rowley was born 21st July 1851, being the only child of George Dawson Rowley, Esq., by Caroline Frances, daughter and heir of Ven. Charles Lindsay, Archdeacon of Kildare. His father died in 1878, within a few hours of his own father, George William Rowley, Esq. Both these gentlemen had served in the office of High Sheriff, the former for Rutland in 1870, and the latter for the counties of Huntingdon, Cambridge, and the Isle of Ely in 1854, and they were also Commissions of the Peace for their several counties. On the death of his grandmother, a descendant of the ancient Scottish family of Kers of Ceessford, Earls of Roxburgh, in 1866, Mr George Fydell Rowley succeeded to the estates.

He was educated at Eton and has since devoted himself to the management of his property, and the usual avocations of a country gentleman.

Mr Rowley married 30th September 1884, Alice, eldest daughter of Sir Vincent Corbet, Bt., of Moreton Corbet, Co. Salop, by whom he has two sons.

The Rowleys are an ancient Shropshire family and have continuous record of descent from the 14th Century, where they inter-married with the leading county families and served in various positions of dignity and usefulness. Mr Rowley is a Deputy Lieutenant for the Counties of Rutland and Huntingdon, a Justice of the Peace for Lincoln and Rutland, and in 1891 was High Sheriff for the latter county.

He is a staunch Conservative, and a devoted Churchman, and is the patron of one living.

Mr Rowley is a member of the Carlton and Junior Carlton Clubs.

George Gaskell - circa 1900