Brief profile of Alfred Lyttelton
by Don Ambrose
LYTTELTON, Hon. Alfred.
Born at Westminster, London, 7th February 1857.
Died at Marylebone, London, 5th July 1913.
He was the eighth son of the Rt.Hon. George William, the fourth Lord Lyttelton, K.C.M.G., D.C.L., of Hagley Hall, Stourbridge, who played for Cambridge University in 1836.
Five of his brothers played first-class cricket – Rev the Hon E (Middlesex), Hon G.C. (Cambridge University), Hon R.H. (MCC), Rev the Hon A.T. (MCC) and Hon G.W.S. (Cambridge University); and three of his nephews – Hon J.C. (Worcestershire), Rev the Hon C.F. (Worcestershire) and Rev Bishop N.S. Talbot (Oxford University). His father-in-law A. Balfour played for MCC. He was educated at Eton, where he was a member of the cricket eleven 1872-75. . He went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, winning his cricket blue 1876-79, being captain 1879. He was also a fine rackets and tennis player and represented his university at both sports. He played in 101 first-class cricket matches, 35 of them for Middlesex and four of them being Test Matches. He was a member of the MCC Committee 1881-85 and 1899-03 and President of the MCC in 1898. He was called to the Bar at Inner Temple 1881, was a bencher 1889 and a Q.C. 1900. He was legal private-secretary to the Attorney-General 1882-86, Recorder of Hereford 1893-94 and Recorder of Oxford 1895-1903. He was M.P. for Leamington from 1895 to 1906 and Secretary of State for the Colonies 1903-05. From 1906 until his death he was M.P. for St. George’s, Hanover Square. He resided, in 1905, at 16 Great College Street, Westminster.
At the time of the 1881 Census he was a visitor at Eton College, aged 24, a student at Inner Temple.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)