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The Lord Wolverton
"The Whip"
Glyn as caricatured by Adriano Cecioni in Vanity Fair, February 1872
Paymaster General
In office
24 May 1880 – 9 June 1885
Prime MinisterWilliam Gladstone
Preceded byHon. David Plunket
Succeeded byThe Earl Beauchamp
Postmaster General
In office
17 February 1886 – 20 July 1886
Prime MinisterWilliam Gladstone
Preceded byLord John Manners
Succeeded byHenry Cecil Raikes
Personal details
Born10 February 1824 (1824-02-10)
Died6 November 1887 (1887-11-07) (aged 63)
Political partyLiberal
SpouseGeorgiana Tufnell

George Grenfell Glyn, 2nd Baron Wolverton PC (10 February 1824 – 6 November 1887), was a British Liberal politician. He held office in three of the Liberal administrations of William Gladstone.


Wolverton was the eldest of the nine sons of the banker George Glyn, 1st Baron Wolverton, and his wife Marianne, daughter of Pascoe Grenfell. His grandfather Sir Richard Carr Glyn, 1st Baronet, of Gaunt's House, and great-grandfather Sir Richard Glyn, 1st Baronet, of Ewell, had been prominent London bankers, both had served as Lord Mayor of London.

Political career

Wolverton was elected to Parliament for Shaftesbury as a Liberal in 1857, a seat he would hold until he succeeded his father in 1873 and entered the House of Lords.[1] In 1868 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury in William Gladstone's first administration, a post he held until 1873, when he was also admitted to the Privy Council.[2] The Liberals lost office in 1874, but when Gladstone returned to power in 1880 Wolverton was appointed Paymaster General. He retained this office until Gladstone resigned in June 1885 and the Conservatives came to power under Lord Salisbury.

The same year the Liberal Party split over the issue of Irish Home Rule. Wolverton supported Gladstone and was rewarded when he was made Postmaster General in February 1886, when Gladstone became Prime Minister for a third time. However, the government fell already in July the same year.

Iwerne Minster

In 1876 he bought the manorial estate at Iwerne Minster in Dorset from the Bower family,[3] to which he made many changes and improvements, including the building of a large mansion designed by Alfred Waterhouse. Much of the farmland was turned over to parkland, and he pursued his passion for hunting, maintaining, till 1879, a pack of bloodhounds.[4]


Georgiana Maria Tufnell (Robert Thorburn)

Lord Wolverton married Georgiana Maria Tufnell, daughter of Reverend George Tufnell, in 1848. They had no children. He died suddenly in November 1887, aged 63, and was succeeded in the barony by his nephew, Henry Glyn.

They lived at Warren House in Coombe, Kingston upon Thames. The small country house, now a Grade II listed conference centre, was built in the 1860s for Hugh Hammersley, and then extended 1884-6 by the architect George Devey.[5]


  1. ^ " House of Commons: Salisbury to Shaftesbury". Archived from the original on 14 September 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "No. 24004". The London Gazette. 5 August 1873. p. 3631.
  3. ^ Barrett, Barry. Iwerne Minster St Mary's Church & Village Story.
  4. ^ Brough, Edwin (1907). Read, Tony (ed.). Bloodhounds, History, Origins, Breeding & Training (excerpted from the Kennel Encyclopaedia of 1907). ISBN 978-1-4067-8733-7.
  5. ^ "Warren House, Kingston upon Thames". Retrieved 18 January 2013.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byHon. Henry Portman Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury 1857–1873 Succeeded byVere Fane Benett-Stanford Political offices Preceded byHon. Gerard Noel Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury 1868–1873 Succeeded byArthur Peel Preceded byHon. David Plunket Paymaster General 1880–1885 Succeeded byThe Earl Beauchamp Preceded byLord John Manners Postmaster General 1886 Succeeded byHenry Cecil Raikes Peerage of the United Kingdom Preceded byGeorge Carr Glyn Baron Wolverton 1873–1887 Succeeded byHenry Richard Glyn