Baron Carrington is a title that has been created three times, once in the Peerage of England, once in the Peerage of Ireland and once in the Peerage of Great Britain. The first creation came in the Peerage of England in 1643 in favour of Sir Charles Smyth. Only a few days later he was created Viscount Carrington in the Peerage of Ireland. For more information, see this title. The second creation came in 1796 when Robert Smith was created Baron Carrington, of Bulcot Lodge, in the Peerage of Ireland. He had earlier represented Nottingham in the House of Commons. Only one year later, in 1797, he was made Baron Carrington, of Upton in the County of Nottingham, in the Peerage of Great Britain. His son, the second Baron, sat as a Member of Parliament for Wendover, Buckinghamshire and High Wycombe and served as Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. In 1880 he owned 25,809 acres (104.445 km2) of land in Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire, giving an annual rental income of £42,254 (John Bateman: "The Great Landowners of Great Britain and Ireland").
His son, the third Baron, was a prominent Liberal politician. He was created Viscount Wendover, of Chepping Wycombe in the County of Buckingham, and Earl Carrington, in 1895, and Marquess of Lincolnshire, in 1912. These three titles were all in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Under King George V, Lord Lincolnshire held also the Lord Great Chamberlainship, 25% of which he inherited from his mother. His only son and heir, Albert Edward Samuel Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington, Viscount Wendover, was killed in action in the First World War. Consequently, on Lord Lincolnshire's death in 1928 the viscountcy, earldom and marquessate became extinct. The Lord Great Chamberlainship was inherited by his five daughters as co-heiresses (5% each).
The baronies of Carrington passed to his younger brother, the fourth Baron. He had earlier represented Buckinghamshire in Parliament as a Liberal. As of 2010[update] the titles are held by his grandson, the sixth Baron, who succeeded his father in 1938. Lord Carrington is a noted Conservative politician and served as Foreign Secretary from 1979 to 1982 and as Secretary-General of NATO from between 1984 and 1988. In 1999 he was given a life peerage as Baron Carington of Upton, of Upton in the County of Nottinghamshire (spelled with a single "r"), and is therefore still a member of the House of Lords despite the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. As of 2010[update] he is the longest-serving member of the House of Lords after the death of George Jellicoe, 2nd Earl Jellicoe.
The Hon. Sir William Carington, second son of the second Baron, was a soldier, politician and courtier.
The Barons Carrington are related to the Barons Bicester. The first Baron Carrington's younger brother John Smith was the great-grandfather of Vivian Hugh Smith, who was created Baron Bicester in 1938. Also, Abel Smith, father of the first Baron Carrington, was the brother of George Smith, who was created a baronet in 1757 (see Bromley baronets), and of Thomas Smith, grandfather of Julian Pauncefote, 1st Baron Pauncefote.
Barons Carington, First Creation (1643)
- see the Viscount Carrington
Barons Carrington, Second & Third Creations (1796; 1797)
- Robert Smith, 1st Baron Carrington (1752–1838)
- Robert John Carrington, 2nd Baron Carrington (1796–1868)
- (Charles) Robert Wynn-Carington, 3rd Baron Carrington (1843–1928) (created Earl Carrington in 1905 and Marquess of Lincolnshire in 1912)
Marquesses of Lincolnshire (1912)
Barons Carrington, Second & Third Creations (1796; 1797; Reverted)
- Rupert Clement George Carington, 4th Baron Carrington (1852–1929)
- Rupert Victor John Carington, 5th Baron Carrington (1891–1938)
- Peter Alexander Rupert Carington, 6th Baron Carrington (b. 1919)
The heir apparent is the present holder's only son Hon. Rupert Francis John Carrington (b. 1948) The heir apparent's heir apparent is his son Robert Carington (b. 1990)
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