Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Granard
Granard Arms.jpg
Engraved Arms of Forbes, Earl of Granard[1]
Master of the Horse
In office
6 September 1907 – 25 May 1915
Monarch Edward VII
George V
Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
H. H. Asquith
Preceded by The Earl of Sefton
Succeeded by The Earl of Chesterfield
In office
1923–1936
Monarch George V
Preceded by The Marquess of Bath
Succeeded by The Duke of Beaufort
Personal details
Born 17 September 1874
Died 10 September 1948
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Beatrice Mills

Bernard Arthur William Patrick Hastings Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard KPGCVOPC (17 September 1874 – 10 September 1948), styled Viscount Forbes from 1874 to 1889, was an Anglo-Irish soldier and Liberal politician.

Background[edit]

Granard was the son of George Forbes, 7th Earl of Granard, and the Honourable Mary Frances Petre, daughter of William Petre, 12th Baron Petre. He succeeded as eighth Earl of Granard on the death of his father in 1889, aged only 14.

Political career[edit]

In 1895 Granard was able to take his seat in the House of Lords in right of his junior title of Baron Granard, which was in the Peerage of the United Kingdom (all his other titles were in the Peerage of Ireland). When the Liberals came to power in 1905 under Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Granard was appointed a Lord-in-Waiting to Edward VII (government whip in the House of Lords)[2] and Assistant Postmaster-General, posts he held until 1907[3] and 1909 respectively. In 1907 he was admitted to the Privy Council[4] and appointed Master of the Horse,[5] an office he retained until 1915.

Grandard was also involved in Irish politics. He was a member of the Irish Food Convention, Food Controller for Ireland in 1918, in which year he was also admitted to the Irish Privy Council. He was a member of the short-lived Senate of Southern Ireland in 1921 and of the Senate of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1934. He was again Master of the Horse between February 1924 and 1936, but by this time this post had ceased being a political office. Granard also served as Vice-Admiral of Connaught, Lord Lieutenant of Longford. He was made a Knight of the Order of St Patrick in 1909.

Military[edit]

In 1896, Granard was commissioned into the 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. In 1899 he transferred to the Scots Guards and served in the Second Boer War from 1900 to 1901. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 20 July 1901,[6][7] and Captain in 1905. In 1908 he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel in the Post Office Rifles. He resigned his commissions in the Post Office Rifles in 1910 and the Scots Guards in 1911. In 1916 he was recalled to command the 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment. He was later Military Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief of the Salonika Forces from 1917.

Apart from his political and military career, Granard was also on the board of Arsenal Football Club, and was club chairman from 1936 to 1939.

Family[edit]

Beatrice, Countess of Granard, circa 1910.

Lord Granard married, in 1909, Beatrice Mills, daughter of the wealthy American businessman Ogden Mills from Staatsburg, New York. She was the twin sister of Gladys Mills Phipps. Her brother, Ogden L. Mills, was the 50th United States Secretary of the Treasury. They had four children, including Eileen Beatrice, the wife of the 5th Marquess of Bute. Lord Granard died in September 1948, aged 73, and was succeeded by his eldest son Arthur. Apart from his seat at Castleforbes, Newtownforbes, county Longford, Ireland, Lord Granard had a London residence at Forbes House, Halkin Street, and a residence at 73 Rue de Varenne, Paris.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Peerage of Ireland by John Lodge, Dublin, 1789.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27866. p. 9171. 22 December 1905.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28074. p. 7295. 1 November 1907.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28075. p. 7388. 5 November 1907.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28061. p. 6359. 20 September 1907.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27380. p. 8089. 26 November 1901.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27388. p. 8917. 17 December 1901.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Kintore
Lord-in-Waiting
1905–1907
Succeeded by
The Lord O'Hagan
Preceded by
The Earl of Sefton
Master of the Horse
1907–1915
Succeeded by
The Earl of Chesterfield
Court offices
Preceded by
The Marquess of Bath
Master of the Horse
1923–1936
Succeeded by
The Duke of Beaufort
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Vacant
Title last held by
The Earl of Longford
Lord Lieutenant of Longford
1916–1922
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Business positions
Preceded by
The Earl of Lonsdale
Arsenal chairman
1936–1939
Succeeded by
Viscount Castlereagh
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
George Forbes
Earl of Granard
1889–1948
Succeeded by
Arthur Patrick Hastings Forbes