Frederick Whitley-Thomson -

Frederick Whitley-Thomson

Sir Frederick Whitley Whitley-Thomson (2 September 1851 – 21 June 1925) was a British Liberal Party politician and businessman.



He was the son of Jonathan Thomson, merchant of Glasgow, and Emma Whitley of Halifax. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and Andersonian University, Glasgow.[1] He married Bertha Florence Smith of Halifax in 1888. They had one daughter, Doris, who married Lieutenant Commander Kenworthy, MP.[2][3] In 1914, they received a grant by Royal Licensee to use the surname Whitley-Thomson.

Early career

He was the head of J. Whitley and Sons, card manufacturers of Brunswick Mills, Halifax and a Director of the English Card-clothing Company, Ltd. He served as a Governor of Halifax Technical School. He was Vice-President of Halifax Liberal Association and a member of Halifax Chamber of Commerce.[4]

Political career

He sat as Liberal MP for Skipton from 1900 to 1906. In 1900, standing for parliament for the first time, he surprisingly gained the seat from the Liberal Unionists.

General election 1900 Skipton[5] Electorate 11,665
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Frederick Whitley Thomson 5,139 50.7
Liberal Unionist Walter Morrison 5,007 49.3
Majority 132 1.4
Turnout 10,146 87.0
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing

He stood down at the general election of January 1906. In 1908, he stood as the Liberal candidate at the 1908 Ross by-election in Herefordshire. He was unable to hold this marginal Liberal seat.

1908 Ross by-election[6] Electorate 10,486
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Percy Archer Clive 4,947 55.7 +7.5
Liberal Frederick Whitley Thomson 3,928 44.3 -7.5
Majority 1,019 11.4 15.0
Turnout 8,875 84.6
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +7.5

In 1908, he was appointed as an Alderman of Halifax Borough Council and served as the Mayor of Halifax from 1908 to 1911. He was a Justice of the Peace for Halifax.[1] In January 1910, he stood as the Liberal candidate at Colchester. This was another Liberal seat, but again he failed to hold it.

General election, January 1910 Colchester[7] Electorate 7,226
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Laming Worthington Evans 3,717 56.0 +8.6
Liberal Frederick Whitley Thomson 2,926 44.0 -8.6
Majority 791 12.0 17.2
Turnout 6,643 91.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +8.6

Later life

He did not stand for parliament again.[8] He was instrumental in raising a fund of £10,000 for the Royal Halifax Infirmary and Halifax District Nursing Association in memory of King Edward VII. He was president of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce from 1912 to 1914. He was chairman of the Finance Committee of Halifax Borough Council from 1913 to 1919. He was chairman of the Halifax War Refugees Committee, and received from King Albert I of Belgium the Medaille du Roi in recognition of services to Belgian refugees, resident in Halifax and district during the First World War.[1]

He was knighted in the 1916 Birthday Honours.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Whitley-Thomson, Sir Frederick Whitley, (2 Sept. 1851–21 June 1925)" . WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u204628 . Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Sir F. Whitley Thomson". The Times (43994). 22 June 1925. p. 16.
  3. ^ "Marriages" . Leeds Mercury (23138). 9 December 1913. p. 4. Retrieved 11 August 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ Debrett's House of Commons 1901.
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  8. ^ Craig, F. W. S., British parliamentary election results 1885-1918
  9. ^ "No. 29671" . The London Gazette. 18 July 1916. p. 7093.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Morrison
Member of Parliament for Skipton
1900January 1906
Succeeded by
William Clough

Categories: 1851 births | 1925 deaths | Liberal Party (UK) MPs for English constituencies | UK MPs 1900–1906 | Knights Bachelor

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