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Samuel James Waring, 1st Baron Waring (1860 – 9 January 1940), known as Sir Samuel Waring, Bt, between 1919 and 1922, was a British industrialist, public servant and benefactor.
1860 April 19th. Born the second son of Samuel James Waring, a cabinet maker of Liverpool, and his wife Sarah Ann Wells, the daughter of Thomas Wells, of Everton, Liverpool. He was the grandson of John Waring, who had arrived in Liverpool from Belfast in 1835 and established a wholesale cabinet making business.
1890 Samuel Waring married Eleanor Caroline Bamford, daughter of Charles Bamford, of Llanrhaiadr Hall, Llanrhaiadr, Denbighshire, and of Brookhurst, Cheshire. They had one son, Arthur Samuel Bamford Waring, who died unmarried in 1911, aged 19, and a daughter, the Honourable Eleanor Gladys Waring, who married Captain Arthur Cunliffe Bernard Critchley (later Critchley-Waring).
1891 Cabinet maker living in Garston Liverpool with his wife and servants
1893 Waring was given the task of opening a branch of the family furniture making company, S. J. Waring and Sons, in London.
1907-08 He was High Sheriff of Denbighshire
He acquired Foots Cray Place in Foots Cray, Kent, and spent a considerable amount of money on improving the gardens and estate.
He also owned Gopsall Hall in Leicestershire.
WWI Organised the production of war materials, including aircraft - he established several companies: Nieuport and General Aircraft Co British Aerial Transport Co and the Alliance Aeroplane Co. He was also a director of the Duchess of Sutherland's Cripples' Guild, a member of Executive Committee of National Association of Ex-Soldiers, a supporter of Boy Scout Movement and founder of the Higher Production Council.
1919 Created Baronet of Foots Cray Place in the Parish of Foots Cray, in the County of Kent in recognition of "public and local services".
1920 His aircraft companies, Nieuport and General Aircraft Co and the Alliance Aeroplane Co, were shut down. The other aircraft company, British Aerial Transport Co, seems to have continued for a few years.
1922 Raised to the peerage as Baron Waring, of Foots Cray Place in the County of Kent, in recognition of him being a "Pioneer of decorative art in furnishing ... [and a] Generous supporter of charities."
1930 Waring resigned as company chairman and became president until he died.
Waring was a Commodore of the Royal Albert Yacht Club and owner of the yacht White Heather which he raced.
He was the first president of the Furniture Trades Provident and Benevolent Association.
1940 January. Lord Waring died at his home in London, aged 79, when the baronetcy and barony became extinct.
1941 Lady Waring died
1946 Foots Cray Place was sold to Kent County Council