Charles Bennet, 6th Earl of Tankerville

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The Right Honourable

The Earl of Tankerville

Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms
In office
10 July 1866 – 19 March 1867
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Preceded by The Lord Foley
Succeeded by The Marquess of Exeter
Lord Steward of the Household
In office
19 March 1867 – 1 December 1868
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Benjamin Disraeli
Preceded by The Duke of Marlborough
Succeeded by The Earl of Bessborough
Personal details
Born 10 January 1810
Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London
Died 18 December 1899
Chillingham Castle, Northumberland
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lady Olivia Montagu (1830-1922)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Charles Augustus Bennet, 6th Earl of Tankerville PC (10 January 1810 – 18 December 1899), styled Lord Ossulston between 1822 and 1859, was a British peer and Conservative politician. He served as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms between 1866 and 1867 and as Lord Steward of the Household between 1867 and 1868.

Background and education[edit]

Bennet was born at Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London, the eldest son of Charles Bennet, 5th Earl of Tankerville and Armandine Corisande de Gramont, daughter of the French duke of Gramont and duke of Guiche.[1] He was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford.[citation needed] He became known by the courtesy title Lord Ossulston on the death of his grandfather in 1822.

Political career[edit]

Lord Ossulston entered Parliament as Member of Parliament for North Northumberland in 1832. He held this seat until 1859,[2] when he was summoned to the House of Lords through a writ of acceleration in his father's barony of Ossulston.[3] He succeeded his father in the earldom only a month later. He served under the Earl of Derby as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms from 1866[4] to 1867[5] and under Derby and then Benjamin Disraeli as Lord Steward of the Household from 1867[6] to 1868. In 1866 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[7]


Lord Tankerville married Lady Olivia Montagu (18 July 1830 – 15 February 1922), eldest daughter of George Montagu, 6th Duke of Manchester, at Kimbolton Castle, Huntingdonshire, on 29 January 1850. They had five children:

Lord Tankerville died at the family seat of Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, in December 1899, aged 89, and was succeeded by his second but only surviving son, George. The Countess of Tankerville died at Greystones, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 15 February 1922, aged 91,[1] and was interred at Chillingham on 20 February 1922.[citation needed]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for North Northumberland
With: Viscount Howick 1832–1841
Addison Cresswell 1841–1847
Sir George Grey, Bt 1847–1852
Lord Lovaine 1852–1865
Succeeded by
Lord Lovaine
Sir Matthew Ridley, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Foley
Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms
1866 – 1867
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Exeter
Preceded by
The Duke of Marlborough
Lord Steward of the Household
1867 – 1868
Succeeded by
The Earl of Bessborough
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Charles Bennet
Earl of Tankerville
June 1859 – 1899
Succeeded by
George Bennet
Baron Ossulston
(writ of acceleration)

May 1859 – 1899