Edward Aubrey Hastings Jay (2 June 1869 - 6 June 1950) was a barrister, travel writer and politician.[1]

Born in Putney, he was the son of Thomas Jay, of Wellington House, Great Malvern, Worcestershire. He was educated at Winchester School and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] He graduated in 1892 with degrees in arts and law, and was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1893.[1][2] In 1895 he inherted the bulk of the estate of his aunt, Elizabeth Jay, Baroness Teynham. This included Tower House, Shooters Hill, Woolwich, which became his residence.[3]

In 1897 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and in 1900 published A Glimpse of the Tropics or Four Months Cruising in the West Indies.[4][5] In 1898 he married Isobel Violet Craigie of Hampstead.[6]

In 1900 he was elected to represent Greenwich on the London School Board, and in 1907 was elected to the London County Council as a Municipal Reform Party councillor representing Woolwich. He resigned from the council in 1911.[1]

During the First World War Jay worked for the Ministry of Food as an assistant director of rationing.[1] He was awarded an OBE for this work in 1920.[7]

He died in 1950 in Lyme Regis, Dorset, aged 81.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Venn, J.; Venn, J. A., eds. (1922–1958). Jay, Edward Aubrey Hastings. Alumni Cantabrigienses (10 vols) (online ed.). Cambridge University Press. [1]
  2. "Calls to the Bar". Morning Post: p. 2. 15 June 1893. 
  3. "Wills and Bequests". Daily News: p. 4. 11 May 1895. 
  4. Year-Book and Record 1898, Royal Geographic Society, p.123
  5. A Glimpse of the Tropics or Four Months Cruising in the West Indies, Sampson Low, London, 1900 [2]
  6. "Marriages". The Standard: p. 1. 8 February 1898. 
  7. Supplement to the London Gazette, issue 31840, 26 March 1920, p.3729
  8. "Deaths". The Times: p. 1. 9 June 1950. 

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