Sir Robert Fowler, 1st Baronet

Robert Nicholas Fowler, 1st Bt (Frank Holl, 1885)
"The City"
Fowler as caricatured by Théobald Chartran in Vanity Fair, June 1881

Sir Robert Nicholas Fowler, 1st Baronet DL JP (12 September 1828, Tottenham, Middlesex – 22 May 1891 Harley Street, London) was an MP and Lord Mayor of London.

He was born the son of Thomas Fowler of Gastard, Wiltshire.[1][2] He attended Grove House School, Tottenham and London University where he was awarded a B.A. degree in 1848.

He was a banker and M.P. for the Penryn and Falmouth Constituency, (1868–1874) and Conservative M.P. for the City of London Constituency (1880–1891). He was also elected Sheriff of the City of London for 1880 and Lord Mayor of London in 1883 and 1885, the last Lord Mayor to serve multiple terms.[3] He was created a baronet in 1885.

He was the author of A visit to Japan, China and India.[4]

According to Frank Harris, an admittedly unreliable source, Fowler excited the disgust of his fellow guests at a dinner given by William Thackeray Marriott by breaking wind copiously, and being apparently unconscious of giving offence.[5]

In 1890, Fowler was described as "of Gastard, Wilts., a JP and DL for Middlesex and Wilts, an Alderman of London".[6]

Marriage and family

On 27 October 1852, Robert Nicholas Fowler married Sarah Charlotte Fox: she was the daughter of Sarah and Alfred Fox, of Falmouth, born on 15 March 1834.

They had ten daughters and one son:


  1. Sir Bernard Burke, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales (1864), Supplement
  2. H. L. Malchow (May 2006). "Fowler, Sir Robert Nicholas, first baronet (1828–1891)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  3. "History of the Mayoralty". City of London.
  4. A visit to Japan, China and India / by Robert Nicholas Fowler; London, Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1877.
  5. Frank Harris, My Life and Loves, Ch. XIII
  6. Edmund Lodge, The peerage and baronetage of the British empire as at present existing (1890 edition), p. 785
  7. South African Military History Society Journal Vol 12 No. 1 "The Moolman's Spruit Action 20 April 1902" by H W Kinsey
  8. PEASE Alfred E Private Memoir of Sir Thomas Fowler born 12 August 1868 killed in action 20 April 1902. London: privately printed, 1906
  9. 1 2 Photographic pedigree of the descendants of Isaac and Rachel Wilson p.206

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jervoise Smith
Samuel Gurney
Member of Parliament for Penryn & Falmouth
With: Edward Backhouse Eastwick
Succeeded by
David James Jenkins
Henry Thomas Cole
Preceded by
Philip Twells
George Goschen
William Cotton
John Gellibrand Hubbard
Member of Parliament for City of London
1880 – June 1891
With: William Cotton 1874–85
John Gellibrand Hubbard 1874–87
William Lawrence 1880–85
Thomas Baring 1887 – Apr 1891
Hucks Gibbs from Apr 1891
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Hanson, Bt
Hucks Gibbs
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Gastard House)
Succeeded by
Thomas Fowler
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