Albert Denison, 1st Baron Londesborough

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Albert Denison Denison, 1st Baron Londesborough, KCH, FRS, FSA (21 October 1805 – 15 January 1860) was a British Liberal Party[1] politician and diplomat, known as Lord Albert Conyngham from 1816-49.

Early life and career[edit]

Born Hon. Albert Denison Conyngham, he was the third son of the 1st Earl Conyngham and his wife Elizabeth née Denison. He was educated at Eton and was an officer in the Royal Horse Guards before joining the diplomatic service. In 1824, he was Attaché to Berlin, Vienna in 1825 and Secretary of the Legation to Florence in 1828 and Berlin from 1829-31.

Conyngham was knighted in 1829,[2] and at the 1835 general election he was elected as Liberal Member of Parliament for Canterbury, a seat he held until 1841, when he did not contest the election.[1] He was elected unopposed at a by-election in March 1847[1] and held the seat until he was elevated to peerage in 1850.[1] From 1844-45, he had been First President of the British Archaeological Association and sometime Vice-Admiral of the Yorkshire Coast.

In 1849, he changed his surname to Denison under the terms of the will of his maternal uncle, William Joseph Denison and was created Baron Londesborough a year later. In 1851, he bought both Grimston Park, near Tadcaster, North Yorkshire and the painting The Monarch of the Glen, the latter for £840.[3]

Family[edit]

On 6 July 1833, Londesborough had married Hon. Henrietta Weld-Forester (a daughter of the 1st Baron Forester) and they had six children:

Londesborough's first wife died in 1841 and on 21 December 1847, he married Ursula Bridgeman (a daughter of Rear Admiral Hon. Charles Bridgeman) and they also had six children:

  • Hon. Henry Charles (1849–1936)
  • Hon. Conyngham Albert (1851–1938)
  • Hon. Albertina Agnes Mary Denison (1854–1929), who married Colonel Ivor Treowen, 1st Baron Treowen in 1873. She founded and was the first President of the Ottawa Decorative Art Society. She was president of the Woman's Humane Society, and the first president of the Humane Society of Ottawa. She also had cabmen's shelters erected in Ottawa.[4]
  • Hon. Harold Albert (1856–1949)
  • Hon. Evelyn Albert (1859–1883)
  • Hon. Ursula Elizabeth (d. 1880)

Death[edit]

Lord Londesborough died in 1860 and his title was inherited by his eldest son, William, who was later created Earl of Londesborough in 1887. His second wife later married Lord Otho FitzGerald.

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 78. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 18602. p. 1525. 14 August 1829. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  3. ^ Stead, William Thomas. The Review of Reviews. Vol. 23.
  4. ^ Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903) [1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Watson
Viscount Fordwich
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
1835 – 1841
With: Frederick Villiers 1835
Stephen Rumbold Lushington 1835–1837
James Bradshaw 1837–1841
Succeeded by
James Bradshaw
George Smythe
Preceded by
James Bradshaw
George Smythe
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
1847 – 1850
With: George Smythe
Succeeded by
George Smythe
Frederick Romilly
Honorary titles
Vacant
Title last held by
The Earl of Mulgrave
Vice-Admiral of Yorkshire
1853 – 1860
Vacant
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Londesborough
1850 – 1860
Succeeded by
William Denison