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Arthur Henry Aylmer Morton (1836 - 15 June 1913) was a clergyman, schoolteacher and Conservative Party politician.[1][2]

The second son of Edward Morton of Kensington Gate, Hyde Park, he was educated at Eton College where he was a member of the 1854 Eton XI cricket team.[1][2][3][4] In 1854 he was admitted to King's College, Cambridge where he took Classical Honours, graduating Bachelor of Arts in 1859 and Master of Arts in 1862.[1][4] In 1857 he was elected a Fellow of King's College, subsequently becoming bursar in 1870-1871 and Senior dean of the college in 1871-1872.[2][4]

Morton was ordained as a Church of England deacon in 1861 and as a priest in 1863. He was appointed curate of All Saints, Knightsbridge and of the Curzon Chapel, Mayfair.

Following graduation he initially worked as a tutor at Eton.[1][2][4] He was tutor to Viscount Macduff, later Duke of Fife. In 1881 he became the duke's chaplain.[4] From 1872-1886 he was headmaster of a preparatory school in Farnborough, Hampshire.[4] In June 1891 he resigned from the Anglican Ministry under the terms of the Clerical Disabilities Act 1870.

A Unionist in politics, he unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary seats of Leeds East in 1892 and North Manchester in 1895.[1][2] From 1895 - 1898 he was a member of the London County Council, representing Rotherhithe as a member of the Conservative-backed Moderate Party.[5]

In 1897 the sitting member of parliament for Deptford, Charles Darling, was appointed a judge of the Queen's Bench Division. This required him to vacate his seat, and Morton was chosen by the Conservative Party to contest the ensuing by-election.[2] Morton was elected and held the seat until 1906.[1][2][4] In 1904 he was appointed an ecclesiastical commissioner.[1][2]

In 1903 Morton married Evelyn Wilson-Todd, daughter of Sir William Henry Wilson-Todd of Halnaby Hall, and Tranby Park, Yorkshire, MP for Howdenshire.[1][2] He divided his time between residences in Scotland and Eaton Place in London.[2][4]

He died at his London home in June 1913, aged 77.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 MORTON, Arthur Henry Aylmer. Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. Retrieved on 17 September 2012.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 "Obituary: Mr. A. H. A. Morton". The Times: p. 11. 17 June 1913. 
  3. Wisden - Obituaries in 1913. cricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved on 17 September 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Morton, Arthur Henry Aylmer. A Cambridge Alumni Database.
  5. "The London County Council Election". The Times: p. 7. 4 March 1895. 

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