Baron Methuen

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Paul Methuen, 3rd Baron Methuen

Baron Methuen, of Corsham in the County of Wiltshire, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[1] It was created in 1838 for the former Member of Parliament for Wiltshire and Wiltshire North, Paul Methuen. His grandson, the third Baron (who succeeded his father), was a distinguished soldier.[2] His son, the fourth Baron, was a professional artist and Royal Academician. On his death the title passed to his younger brother, the fifth Baron. The seventh Baron, who succeeded his elder brother in 1994, was one of the ninety hereditary peers elected to the House of Lords after the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sat on the Liberal Democrat benches. As of 2014 the title is held by his first cousin once removed, the eighth baron, who succeeded to the title in that year.

The first Baron's grandfather, Paul Methuen, was the cousin and heir of the wealthy Sir Paul Methuen, a well-known politician, courtier, diplomat and patron of art and literature, who was the son of John Methuen (c. 1650–1706), Lord Chancellor of Ireland between 1697 and 1703 and ambassador to Portugal. It was the last-named who in 1703 negotiated the famous Methuen Treaty, which, in return for the admission of English woollens into Portugal, granted differential duty favoring the importation of Portuguese wines into England to the disadvantage of French wines, and thus contributed to the replacement of the drinking of burgundy by that of port.[3]

The family seat is Corsham Court, near Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Barons Methuen (1838)[edit]

The heir presumptive is the present holder's half-brother Thomas Rice Mansel Methuen-Campbell (b. 1977).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19629. p. 1445. 26 June 1838.
  2. ^ Chisholm 1911.
  3. ^ Public Domain One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Methuen, Barony of". Encyclopædia Britannica 18 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 298. 

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