Sir Robert Peel

Standard Name: Peel, Sir Robert,, second Baronet
Used Form: Robert Peel


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Cultural formation Sarah Tytler
Henrietta Keddie was born into a large Scottish family. Her mother came from yeoman stock, and her father from a working-class family of unskilled labourers, many of whom worked in coal mines. He eventually became...
Dedications Frances Browne
This she dedicated to the munificent patron of British literature,Sir Robert Peel , then the Prime Minister, who had been instrumental in having her awarded an annual pension of £20 from the Royal Bounty Fund
Fictionalization Caroline Norton
CN was depicted as Berengaria Montford by Disraeli in Endymion (written in the 1830s but unpublished until 1880). George Meredith said he based the heroine of Diana of the Crossways, 1885, partly on her...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Rigby
ER appeared in public as Mrs Eastlake for the first time at the house of Lady Davy , where she was introduced to Augusta Ada Byron (Byron's daughter) and to Thackeray . At London parties...
Occupation Benjamin Disraeli
After several failed attempts, BD was elected to Parliament as Conservative member for Maidstone in Kent in 1837.
Sutherland, John. The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press, 1989.
When the Corn Laws were repealed, on 26 June 1846, he voiced outspoken criticism of Tory Prime...
politics Harriet Martineau
HM represents herself in her Autobiography as brokering the successful repeal of the Corn Laws which took place on 26 June 1846, by mediating between Robert Peel and Richard Cobden . Histories of the repeal...
Reception Felicia Hemans
Mary Russell Mitford believed by May 1837 that FH had received a pension from the Crown of £100 a year. In fact, Robert Peel , the prime minister, had in the year of her death...
Reception Caroline Norton
Between the death of Southey , the Poet Laureate, and the appointment of Wordsworth as his successor, CN wrote to the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel , to request the position for herself.
Chedzoy, Alan. A Scandalous Woman: The Story of Caroline Norton. Allison and Busby, 1995.
Reception Mary Somerville
Sir Robert Peel , then prime minister, cited MS 's eminence in science and literature
Patterson, Elizabeth Chambers. Mary Somerville and the Cultivation of Science, 1815-1840. Martinus Nijhoff, 1983.
and placed her on the Civil List , entitling her to an annual pension of £200.
Patterson, Elizabeth Chambers. Mary Somerville and the Cultivation of Science, 1815-1840. Martinus Nijhoff, 1983.
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Reception Frances Browne
Soon after her first poetry volume, The Star of Attéghéi, appeared, FB was granted, by Prime Minister Robert Peel , an annual pension of £20 from the Royal Bounty Fund for literary achievement in...
Textual Features Janet Hamilton
The vigour and originality of her voice on women's issues requires greater recognition, ranging as it does from the satiric Crinoline, to Contrasted Scenes from Real Life which juxtaposes the earthly lot of Lady Emily Hay
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
This book had a star-studded cast: sundry fashionable ladies, and notables like Byron , Shelley , Landor , Disraeli , the Duke of Wellington , Lord John Russell , Palmerston , and Sir Robert Peel .
Allibone, S. Austin, editor. A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors Living and Deceased. Gale Research, 1965.
Wealth and Poverty Felicia Hemans
Just before this she had received a grant of £100 from Prime Minister Robert Peel , who made reference to her embarrassing pecuniary circumstances.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Wealth and Poverty Mary Howitt
By the end of the 1840s, having launched their own magazine, the Howitts were again in financial difficulties, compelled to ask friends and relatives for help to tide them over. Particularly embarrassing losses were incurred...


The first Factory Act (a response mainly to conditions of employment of young children) established the principle of the government's right to intervene in working conditions set by employers.
Working with the Society for the Improvement of Prison Discipline , Robert Peel aided the passage of the Gaol Act.
26 May 1826
The Criminal Law Act was introduced by Sir Robert Peel . It was entitled An Act for Improving the Administration of Criminal Justice in England.
19 June 1829
Sir Robert Peel 's Metropolis Police Improvement Bill received royal assent: it gave the new police force, under government control, jurisdiction for thirty miles around London (except in the financial centre of the City).
16 July 1834
William Lamb, Lord Melbourne , a Whig, became Prime Minister after Lord Grey 's resignation.
17 November 1834
The Duke of Wellington was appointed First Lord of the Treasury and Secretary of State after the dismissal of the Whig Party by King William IV .
10 December 1834
Sir Robert Peel , a Conservative, became the Prime Minister of Britain.
18 February 1835
Following a general election, Irish O'Connell ites, Whigs and Radicals formed an Opposition alliance at Lichfield House in London.
18 April 1835
After the defeat of the Peel Ministry in the House of Commons , the second Ministry of Viscount Melbourne (William Lamb , a Whig) was formed.
30 August 1841
The Whig government under Melbourne fell on the issue of Corn Laws (which they failed to get through parliament) and, following an election next month, the Tory Sir Robert Peel became Prime Minister.
6 September 1841
Following the general election, Sir Robert Peel (Conservative) formed the government for a second time.
20 January 1843
Daniel M'Naghten shot and mortally wounded the private secretary of Sir Robert Peel , the Prime Minister: his trial for murder changed British legislation on pleas of insanity.
3 March 1843
The trial opened of Daniel M'Naghten for the murder of Sir Robert Peel 's private secretary; his counsel pleaded insanity and consequent lack of self-control.
This was the period of Railway Mania.
Late 1845
In response to the potato blight in Ireland, Sir Robert Peel's government imported £100,000 of American corn to control prices, and encouraged Irish landowners to provide wage labour to tenants.