Sir John Kennaway, 3rd Baronet

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The Right Honourable
Sir John Kennaway
John Kennaway Vanity Fair 1886-04-10.jpg
Kennaway as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, April 1886
Member of Parliament
for East Devon
In office
9 April 1870 – 25 June 1885
Serving with Sir Lawrence Palk, Bt (1870-1880) and The Lord Waleran (1880-1885)
Preceded by Lord Courtenay
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Member of Parliament
for Honiton
In office
26 June 1885 – 15 January 1910
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Clive Morrison-Bell
Arms of Kennaway: Argent, a fess azure between two eagles displayed in chief gules and in base through an annulet of the third a slip of olive and another of palm in saltire proper[1]

Sir John Henry Kennaway, 3rd Baronet CB PC DL (6 June 1837 – 6 September 1919) was an English Conservative Party politician.

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for East Devon from 1870 to 1885, when the constituency was abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. He was then MP for the new Honiton constituency from 1885 until the January 1910 general election.

Kennaway was made a Privy Counsellor in 1897 and appointed CB in the 1902 Coronation Honours. From 1908 to 1910 he was Father of the House of Commons. In 1904 he was appointed as a member[2] of the Royal Commission On Ecclesiastical Discipline, which reported in 1906, recommending the repeal of the Public Worship Regulation Act 1874.

He also served as President of the Church Missionary Society.

He was a governor at the Kings School Ottery St Mary. As homage to him the school has named one of its houses after him—Kennaway.


  1. ^ Kidd, Charles, Debrett's peerage & Baronetage 2015 Edition, London, 2015, p.B454
  2. ^ Royal Commission on Ecclesiastical Discipline; The Commission at
  • Leigh Rayment's list of baronets
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir John Kennaway
  • Sir John Henry Kennaway in the National Archives
  • Portraits of Sir John Henry Kennaway at the National Portrait Gallery, London
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Lawrence Palk
Edward Baldwin Courtenay
Member of Parliament for East Devon
With: Sir Lawrence Palk 1870–1880
William Walrond 1880–1885
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Honiton
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Clive Morrison-Bell
Preceded by
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
Father of the House
1908 – 1910
Succeeded by
Thomas Burt
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Kennaway
(of Hyderabad)
1873 – 1919
Succeeded by
John Kennaway

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