Steuart MacNaughten (1815-1895) was born into an old Scottish family; he was the youngest son of the first Baron of that name. He was born in India, where his father was a Supreme Court judge. His education at Edinburgh and Dublin was designed to equip him for a legal career and he was called to the bar in 1839.

He lived at Bitterne Manor House from c.1859. White’s Directory of that year called it “his property and occasional seat”. Soon afterwards he made it his regular home and became involved in the affairs of the town. He was commandant of the 1st Hants Artillery Volunteers. He became a local magistrate and was chairman of the Southampton Dock Company from 1869 to 1892, when it was sold to the London & South Western Railway. He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1890 when she visited Southampton to open the new Empress Dock. MacNaughten Road, formerly Station Road, in Bitterne Park, and Steuart Road were named after him.

Newspaper clippings:

Death of Sir Steuart MacNaughten - (Southampton Times 29/06/1895)

Further reading:

Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p86-88. (HS/h)


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