Richard Causton, 1st Baron Southwark

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Southwark
File:Richard Causton.jpg
In office
12 December 1905 – 23 February 1910
Monarch Edward VII
George V
Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
H. H. Asquith
Preceded by Sir Savile Crossley, Bt
Succeeded by Hon. Ivor Guest
Personal details
Born 25 September 1843 (1843-09-25)
Deptford, Kent
Died 23 February 1929 (1929-02-24) (aged 85)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
File:1895 Richard Causton.jpg
Richard Causton circa 1895
"A cheery Paymaster"
Causton as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, June 1906

Richard Knight Causton, 1st Baron Southwark PC, DL (25 September 1843 – 23 February 1929) was an English stationer and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1880 and 1910. In the same year he was raised to the peerage and sat in the House of Lords.


Causton was born in Deptford, Kent[1] the son of Sir Joseph Causton alderman and sheriff of London and his wife Mary Anne Porter, daughter of Edward Porter. He was a partner in the firm of Causton and sons, stationers and printers in Eastcheap, Southwark Street and Cary Street. He was a commissioner of lieutenancy for the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Skinners of which he was master in 1877.[2]

Political career

Causton unsuccessfully contested Colchester in 1874,[1] but was successfully returned for the constituency in 1880.[3] However, he lost his seat in 1885 and once again stood unsuccessfully for the constituency in 1886.[1] In 1888 he was successfully returned for Southwark West in a by-election, a seat he held until 1910.[4] He served under William Ewart Gladstone and the Earl of Rosebery as a Junior Lord of the Treasury between 1892 and 1895 and continued as Liberal Whip until 1905.[citation needed] When the Liberals returned to power in December 1905 under Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Causton was made Paymaster-General.[5] In January 1906 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[6] He remained as Paymaster-General until 1910, the last two years under the premiership of H. H. Asquith. He lost his seat in parliament in 1910.[1] The same year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Southwark, of Southwark in the County of London.[7]

Causton was a Fellow of the Statistical Society, President of the London Chamber of Commerce in 1913 and Master of the Skinners Company again in 1921/22.[citation needed]

Personal life

Lord Southwark died in February 1929, aged 85. The barony became extinct on his death.

Causton married in 1871 Selina Mary Chambers, daughter of Sir Thomas Chambers QC, MP for Marylebone.[2]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alexander Learmonth
Herbert Mackworth-Praed
Member of Parliament for Colchester
With: William Willis
Succeeded by
Henry John Trotter
Preceded by
Arthur Cohen
Member of Parliament for Southwark West
1888Jan. 1910
Succeeded by
Sir William Dunn, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Savile Crossley, Bt
Succeeded by
Hon. Ivor Guest
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Southwark