Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameSir Charles Philips TREVELYAN 3rd Bt
EducationHarrow and Trinity College Cambridge
SpouseMary Katherine BELL
FatherSir Thomas Hugh BELL 2nd Bt (1844-1931)
Notes for Sir Charles Philips TREVELYAN 3rd Bt
Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, 3rd Baronet PC (28 October 1870 – 24 January 1958), was a British Liberal, and later Labour, politician. He served as President of the Board of Education in 1924 and between 1929 and 1931 in the first two Labour administrations of Ramsay MacDonald.


Wallington Hall
Born into a liberal aristocratic family (see Trevelyan Baronets of Nettlecombe, 1662), Charles was the eldest son of Sir George Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet, and his wife Caroline, daughter of Robert Needham Philips MP. He was the grandson of Sir Charles Trevelyan, 1st Baronet, the elder brother of R. C. Trevelyan and G. M. Trevelyan and the great-nephew of Lord Macaulay. Family legend traced their ancestry to Sir Trevillian, one of King Arthur's knights, who swam ashore on horseback when Lyonesse sank.

Political career

Trevelyan was elected Liberal Member of Parliament for Elland, Yorkshire, in a by-election in 1899. He served under H. H. Asquith as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education between 1908 and 1914. In the 1918 general election he lost his Elland seat running as an Independent Labour Party (ILP) candidate. At that time, the ILP was part of the Labour Party (it had in fact under its leader, Keir Hardie, been largely been responsible for the creation of the Labour Party).

He won Newcastle Central for Labour in 1922 and held it until 1931.[2] He was a member of Ramsay Macdonald's Labour cabinets as President of the Board of Education between January and November 1924[3] and between 1929 and 1931,[4] when he resigned. In 1924 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[5] In 1928 he succeeded his father as third Baronet.

In early 1939, following Stafford Cripps and with Aneurin Bevan among others, Trevelyan was briefly expelled from the Labour Party for persisting with support for a "popular front" (involving cooperation with the Liberal Party and Communist Party) against the National Government.

Apart from his political career Trevelyan was also Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland between 1930 and 1949.


Trevelyan married Mary Katherine Bell, a younger half-sister of Gertrude Bell and the daughter of Sir Thomas Bell, 2nd Baronet. They had six children including his first born, Sir George Trevelyan, whom he disinherited. He passed Wallington Hall, which he had inherited in 1928, to the National Trust, the first such property to be owned by the Trust. He died in January 1958, aged 87.

From Venn’s

Adm. pens. at TRINITY, May 27, 1889. [Eldest] s. of the Rt. Hon. Sir George Otto, Bart. (1856), of Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland. B. Oct. 28, 1870, at 31, Park Street, London. School, Harrow.
Matric. Michs. 1889; B.A. 1892; M.A. 1896.
Secretary to Lord Crewe when Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1892-3. M.P. (Liberal) for the Elland division ( West Riding of Yorkshire) of Yorkshire, 1899-1918; M.P. (Labour) for Central Newcastle, 1922-31.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education, 1908-14.
Privy Councillor, 1924.
President of the Board of Education, 1924 and 1929-31.
Succeeded his father as 3rd Bart., Aug. 17, 1928.
Of Wallington, Cambo.
J.P. for Northumberland; Lord Lieut., 1930-49.
Married, Jan. 6, 1904, Mary Katharine, youngest dau. of Sir Hugh Bell, 2nd Bart., and had issue.
Brother of the next and of Robert C. (1891).
(Harrow Sch. Reg.; Who's Who; Burke, P. and B.)
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