Sir John Dickson-Poynder 6th Bt. (1866-1936)
Born John Dickson in 1866, he was the son of a Rear-Admiral. He succeeded one uncle as 6th Baronet in 1884, and three years later inherited a fortune from another, Thomas Poynder, whose surname he assumed. In 1892 he entered Parliament as Conservative member for Chippenham, a seat he was to hold for eighteen years. During this period he served in the Boer War as aide-de-camp to Lord Methuen and sat on the LCC where he promoted liberal reforms in education and housing. In 1910 he was appointed Governor of New Zealand and raised to the peerage as Lord Islington. In 1912 he resigned to become chairman of the Royal Commission on the public services in India, and he subsequently served as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (1914-15), Under-Secretary of State for India (1915-18) and Chairman of the National Savings Committee (1920-26). His most notable achievement in the Lords was to defeat Balfour's motion accepting a British mandate in Palestine in 1922. In 1896 he married Ann Beauclerk, third daughter of Henry Dundas of Glenesk, Midlothian, and grand-daughter of Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala (1810-1890), whose brilliant military career in India included a key role in the relief of Lucknow during the Mutiny. The Dickson-Poynders had only one child, a daughter, so the title lapsed after Lord Islington's death in 1936. She was Joan Alice Katherine, who was born in 1897 and was to marry Lieut.-Col. Sir Edward Grigg of the Grenadier Guards in 1923. The family's country seat was Hartham Park, near Chippenham in Wiltshire. An identical pair of sauceboats of 1819, also by Storr, are illustrated in M. Penzer, Paul Storr, The Last of the Goldsmiths, London, 1954, p. 206, pl. LXIV.