George BUCKLE George Walter BUCKLE Mabel Alicia BUCKLE Alicia Isobel PAYN Beatrice Anne EARLE Edmund William BUCKLE John Earle BUCKLE Mary Hamlyn EARLE Mini tree diagram

George Earle BUCKLE

10th Jun 18541,2,3 - 13th Mar 19352,6

Journalist Editor12

Life History

10th Jun 1854

Born in Bath, Twerton.1,2,3

From Who was Who :-
"Eldest son of the late Rev George Buckle, Canon and Precenter of Wells and the late Mary Hamlyn Earle"

7th Apr 1861

Recorded in census in Bath, Twerton (Tiverton, Watery Lane, The Vicarage,).4

2nd Apr 1871

Occupation Pupil.5

2nd Apr 1871

Recorded in census in Winchester (St Mary' College, Warden's House).5

At boarding school

between 1877 and 1885

Career in Oxford University.2

Fellow of All Souls College



Assistant Editor of The Times



Called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn

3rd Apr 1881

Occupation Barrister Journalist.1

3rd Apr 1881

Recorded in census in Pancras, Gray's Inn Lane (Grenville Street, 9).1

In lodgings

between Feb 1884 and Aug 1912


Editor of The Times

22nd Jan 1885

Married Alicia Isobel PAYN in Paddington, St Saviours, Warwick Street.23,24,2

From Marriage Certificate :-
1) By licence
2) Vicar - G Buckle
3) Witnesses - James Payn, Edmund W Buckle, Louisa A Payn & Mary H Buckle
4) Groom - George Earle Buckle, 30, bachelor, barrister, Queens Square, Parish of St George the Martyr
5) Father of the groom - George Buckle, clerk in Holy Orders
6) Bride - Alicia Isobel Payn, 26, spinster, 43 Warrington Crescent
7) Father of the bride - James Payn, author

2nd Jan 1886

Birth of son George Walter BUCKLE in Holborn.8,18

27th Apr 1887

Social in Middle Temple.7

From the Times :-
"Yesterday was Grand Day at the Middle Temple, and the Deputy Treasurer (Mr. Edlin, Q.C.) and the Benchers entertained a select company at dinner in the hall. The guests included (...) Mr. G. E. Buckle (...)."

3rd Jun 1887

Birth of daughter Mabel Alicia BUCKLE in Holborn.8,19,20

5th Apr 1891

Occupation Barrister Journalist.8

5th Apr 1891

Recorded in census in St Giles, St George Bloomsbury (Bloomsbury, Russell Square, 61).8

Head of household
Staff x 5
Visitor - Mary Hill

10th Nov 1896

Witness at wedding in Paddington, St Saviours, Warwick Street.9

Of Madeline Payn & John Rogers

30th Mar 1898

Attended the funeral.10

Of James Payn
Annotated as "Son in law"

9th Jun 1898

Death of Alicia Isobel PAYN in St George Hanover Square.21,22,11

21st Jul 1898


"of the estate of Alicia Isobel Payn of 64 Warwick-square, Middlesex (wife of George Earle Buckle)"
Administration to George Earle Buckle, editor of the "Times".
Effects £342. 15s.

31st Mar 1901

Occupation Journalist Editor.12

31st Mar 1901

Recorded in census in St George Hanover Square, Belgrave (Warwick Square, 64).12

Staff x 4
Annotated as "Widower"

16th Jan 1905

Married Beatrice Anne EARLE in Clifton, Christchurch.2,25

From Who was Who :-
"2nd daughter of the late Professor John Earle"

Groom - George Earle Buckle, widowed, of Christchurch Clifton
Bride - Beatrice Ann Buckle, single, of Christchurch Clifton
Father of the groom - George Buckle
Father of the bride - John Earle

26th Aug 1909

Attended the wedding in Falmouth, All Saints' Church.13

Of Phyllis Marion Granger & Ralph Halford-Thompson

18th Jun 1910

Attended the funeral in Falmouth, Cemetery.14

Of Lilian Granger née Payn

28th Jun 1910

Witness at wedding in Pimlico, St Gabriel.15

of Charles Henry Clinton Pirie-Gordon & Mabel Alicia Buckle

2nd Apr 1911

Occupation Journalist Editor.16

2nd Apr 1911

Recorded in census in St George Hanover Square, Belgrave (Warwick Square, 64).16

Head of household
Staff x 5
Rooms x 19

13th Mar 1935


From The Times
"Mr. G. E. Buckle
Editor of "The Times"
For 28 Years
We deeply regret to announce that Mr. George Earle Buckle, Editor of The Times from 1884 to 1912, Disraeli's biographer and editor of Queen Victoria's letters, died at 12.20 this morning at his home in Chelsea after a short illness. He was in his eighty-first year. He had enjoyed remarkably good health until quite lately. though many years ago he had a grave illness from which only his magnificent constitution enabled him to recover.
George Earle Buckle was born at Twerton Vicarage, near Bath, on June 10, 1854, the eldest and last surviving of the four sons born to the Rev. George Buckle, a former Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, who later became Rector of Weston-Super-Mare and Canon of Wells.
Mr. Buckle married first in 1885 Alicia, daughter of Mr. James Payn, the novelist, who had for many years edited the Cornhill Magazine. She was for long an invalid and died in 1898, and seven years later he married his cousin Beatrice, daughter of the Rev. John Earle, Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. By his first marriage he had one son, George Walter, who followed his father to Winchester and is now one of H.M. Inspectors under the Board of Education; and one daughter, Mabel Alicia, who was married in 1910 to Mr. H. Pirie-Gordon."

13th Mar 1935


From the Times :-
On March 13, 1935, at 62, Oakley Street, Chelsea, in his 81st year, GEORGE EARLE BUCKLE, D.Litt., LL.D., sometime Editor of "The Times" (1884-1912), eldest son of the late George Buckle, of Wells, Somerset. Cremation at Golders Green, 10.30 a.m. to-morrow (Friday). Memorial service, St. Margaret's, Westminster, 12.15, Monday, March 18. No mourning. Flowers only from close relatives

Other facts



For more information see his entry in the online edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography :-
Stanley Weintraub
"Buckle, George Earle (1854-18¡935)"
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford University Press, 2004
Online ed. May 2005


  • For further information see .-

    "BUCKLE, George Earle"
           Who was Who
           A & C Black, 1920 - 2008
           Online edn. Oxford University Press, Dec 2007
           Accessed 06/09/20092


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