Horace Davey, Baron Davey
(30 August 1833 – 20 February 1907) was an English
judge and Liberal
politician who sat in the House of Commons
in two periods between 1880 and 1892.
Davey was the son of Peter Davey of Horton, Buckinghamshire. He was educated at Rugby School
and University College, Oxford
. He took a double first-class in classics and mathematics, was senior mathematical scholar and Eldon law scholar, and was elected a fellow of his college. In 1861, he was called to the Bar
at Lincoln's Inn
, and read in the chambers of Mr. (afterwards Vice-Chancellor) Wickens.
Devoting himself to the Chancery
side, he soon acquired a large practice, and in 1875 became a Queen's Counsel
(Q.C.) In 1880, he was returned to Parliament
as a Liberal
(now in Dorset
), but lost his seat in 1885. On Gladstone
's return to power in 1886, he was appointed solicitor-general
and was knighted
, but had no seat in the House of Commons
, being defeated at both Ipswich
in 1886; in 1888 he found a seat at Stockton-on-Tees
, but was rejected by that constituency in 1892.
Davey was standing counsel to the University of Oxford, and senior counsel to the Charity Commissioners, and was engaged in all the important Chancery suits
of his time. Among the chief leading cases in which he took a prominent part were those of The Mogul Steamship Company v. M'Gregor, Gow & Co.