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John Henry Kennaway 3rd Baronet 1837 – 1919

February 24, 2010

{::}** Sir John Henry Kennaway 3rd Baronet** PC 1837 – 1919 was an English Conservative Party politician, MP for East Devon and Honiton for nearly 40 years, Privy Counsellor in 1897, Father of the House of Commons 1908 - 1910 (,3rd_Baronet](,_3rd_Baronet) See also [](, and he was an advocate of homeopathy, [President]( (Anon, [_Homeopathic Medical Directory of Great Britain and Ireland, (1868). Page 103) and a Member of the Management Committtee (Anon, The Homeopathic Medical Directory of Great Britain and Ireland, (1869). Page 110) of the Exeter Homeopathic Dispensary,

John Kennaway was the brother in law of Edward Cronin, one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethren movement and a pioneer of homeopathy in England,

From Punch,  22 (1852), 209, The Game of Globules:

‘…following John Kennaway’s remarks, ponders the possibility that homeopathy, like astrology, will outlive the ridicule aimed at it…’

From,_3rd_Baronet John Kennaway was Member of Parliament (MP) for East Devon from 1870 to 1885, when the constituency was abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. He was then MP for the new Honiton constituency from 1885 until the January 1910 general election.

Kennaway was made a Privy Counsellor in 1897, and from 1908 to 1910 he was Father of the House of Commons. In 1904 he was appointed as a member of the Royal Commission On Ecclesiastical Discipline, which reported in 1906, recommending the repeal of the Public Worship Regulation Act 1874.

He also served as President of the Church Missionary Society.

John Kennaway lived at Kennaway House in Sidmouth, which was built by his grandfather Sir John Kennaway 1st Baronet 1758–1836, in 1805,