James Grimston, 3rd Earl of Verulam

James Walter Grimston, 3rd Earl of Verulam (11 May 1852 – 11 November 1924), known as Viscount Grimston from 1852 to 1895, was a British Conservative Party politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 to 1892. He inherited his peerage in 1895.

Grimston was the eldest son of James Walter Grimston, 2nd Earl of Verulam, and Elizabeth Joanna Weyland.[1] He was educated at Harrow School and became a lieutenant in the 1st Life Guards. He became J.P. for Hertfordshire and captain in the Hertfordshire Yeoman Cavalry.[2]

Grimston was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for St Albans in the 1885 general election, and held the seat until he retired from the Commons at 1892 election.[3]

In 1895 he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.

Lord Verulam married Margaret Frances Mackintosh, daughter of Sir Frederick Ulric Graham, 3rd Baronet and his wife Lady Jane Hermione Seymour (daughter of Edward Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset), and widow of Alexander Aeneas Mackintosh, in 1878. They had six daughters and a son.

Lord Verulam died in November 1924, aged 72, and was succeeded in his titles by his son James. Lady Verulam died in 1927.


Scottish actor Rose Leslie is descended from Grimston.


  1. Lundy, Darryl. "p. 3161". The Peerage.
  2. Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  3. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 297. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  4. "A military marriage: LADY SIBYL FRASER (née Grimston), ALASTAIR FRASER". The Sketch. Ingram Brothers. 89. 1915.


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New constituency Member of Parliament for St Albans
Succeeded by
Vicary Gibbs
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Walter Grimston
Earl of Verulam
1895 – 1924
Succeeded by
James Walter Grimston
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