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Charles Wentworth Dilke, 1843-1911

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1843.09.04
Place of Birth: 76 Sloane Street, London
Date of Death: 1911.01.26
Place of Death: Sloane Street, London


Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Bart. 1862, was a barrister and MP. He first married in 1872, Katherine (d. 1874), only daughter of late Captain Arthur Gore Sheil; together they had one son, Charles Wentworth Dilke (b. 19 September 1874). His second marriage was to Emilia Francis (d. 1904), fourth daughter of Major Henry Strong, HEICS, and widow of Mark Pattison, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, on 3 October 1885.


Dilke was MP for Chelsea 1866-1886, a radical Liberal politician, and a cabinet minister from 1882-1885. He retired from public life after the scandalous Crawford ('three in a bed') divorce case, but was later MP for Forest of Dean. He was a member of the Burlington Fine Arts Club (elected 5 February 1867). He wrote several political works, and owned The Athenaeum and Notes and Queries. He lived at 76 Clarence Street SW in 1874-1878; and also at 76 Sloane Street, Chelsea.


Who's Who, 1898, London, 1898; Nelson's Encyclopedia [n.d., ca 1912]; Jopling, Louise, Twenty Years of My Life, 1867 to 1887, London, 1925; Who Was Who: A Companion to Who's Who, vol. 2, 1916-1928, London, 1942.