Mrs Lupton

Mrs Lupton
Mrs Arnold Lupton in 1909[1]
Mrs Jessie Lupton née Ramsden aka Mrs Arnold Lupton, 73, (1859-1938). It is The Times listing of dinner guests that gives us the fuller name of Mrs Arnold Lupton, though as Arnold died in 1930, the guest list might have chosen to drop his name from hers (though I believe Mrs Arnold Lupton would be still be perfectly acceptable for a widow).[2] [3] Arnold was a Liberal M.P., an engineer in the mining and coal business and an academic. Jessie involved herself in political life and was active in the Anti-Vivisection Society. The current Duchess of Cambridge is a descendant of the Lupton family.

puzzle-piece2-50Can you tell us more about Jessie? And does she have a link with the Florence Marshall on this table as we suggest below?


Both Tom Callaghan, given her husband was a mining engineer, and Gwen Davies, philanthropist, might have been appropriate partners in conversation, and if Florence Marshall is the Florence E Marshall of the Parsons Green School then there would have been a strong connection, and possibly with Frank Marshall too, whoever he is. She would be comfortable sitting anywhere I suspect.


Not sure really. Good causes to support?  If we have the right Florence Marshall, looking to make some introductions for the young student.


Jessie was born in Leeds on 23rd October 1859, the eldest of the 11 children of Lucy Phillips, dressmaker (daughter of a tailor) and her husband John William Ramsden, a photographic chemist (who married in Bolton Abbey). Jessie married Professor Arnold Lupton on 15th December 1886. They had no children. The Lupton family historian described her late husband Arnold, (1846 – 1930), an MP, mining engineer, colliery manager and academic – as the “Achilles Heel of the Leeds Complete Suffrage Association” – reflecting his failure to vote for suffrage when an MP.[4] 

Nonetheless he was clearly a man with principles, being a passive resister during the Boer Wars and the Great War and in 1918 imprisoned under the Defence of the Realm Act, a teetotaller, and very controversially argued against vaccination. He probably would have liked to be at the dinner, given that in his will he specifically gave instructions for a good lunch to be arranged for mourners. In 1924 he was at the Fetters and Roses dinner for parliamentarians who had been imprisoned, attended by both Lady Rhondda and Helen Archdale. Mrs Lupton may well have been acquainted with Thomas Callaghan through her late husband’s mining interests.

Jessie / Mrs Arnold also appeared in The Sketch in 1909 amongst a group of ladies who were Vote Less yet Vote Getters (herself raising the flag in the Sleaford Division of Lincolnshire).[5] She was presented at court in 1906. In 1904 she was active in the Anti-Vivisection Society, hosting the annual meeting of the Leeds branch at her home, 6, DeGrey Road, being elected treasurer and expressing the hope that more could be done to educate “the man in the street”.[6] Vivisection was an important issue at this time. In 1910 she resigned the Presidency of the Sleaford Women’s’ Liberal Association, and clearly was active in public life, alongside her husband. In 1907 she is recorded as singing a little electioneering ditty at a Liberal Meeting.[7]

Another member of the Lupton family, Anne Muriel Lupton, great aunt of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge,[8], lived in a sort of Boston marriage with Enid Moberly Bell in Chelsea (7 Mallord St. SW3) who was head of Lady Margaret School in Parsons Green, 1917-1947, with Anne as a major benefactor. One Florence Elsie Marshall took over as head in 1947 and this Lupton link is critical to the logic that she may be the Miss Florence Marshall at this table. Anne was a second cousin once removed of Arnold (their common ancestor being born in 1848.  Anne’s three brothers all died in France in the War, in successive years, 1915, 1916 and 1917.


We have no further sightings of Jessie after the dinner. She and her husband had lived at 7 Victoria Street, Westminster, her home when she died on 25th November 1938.[9]


[1] The Sketch, 22.12.1909 Vote Less yet Vote Getters, Ladies well known in the world of politics. Image ©Illustrated London News Group/Mary Evans, sourced via the British Newspaper Archive.

[2] The Times, 24.3.1933

[3] The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania, 24.4.1931 p2 accessed 10.4.2019 online from Trove, National Library of Australia

[4] Arnold Lupton, Wikipedia, accessed 10.4.2019

[5] The Sketch, 22.12.1909 Vote Less yet Vote Getters, Ladies well known in the world of politics

[6] Leeds Mercury 14.4.1904, p4

[7] Lowestoft Journal, 3.8.1907, p2

[8] Kate Nicholl, Mail on Sunday, Mail online 28.10.2010 William and Kate set for palace kiss  Accessed 15.3.2018

[9] The London Gazette, 17.1.1939

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