Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 20th Baron Clinton

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The Right Honourable

The Lord Clinton
Under-Secretary of State for India
In office
31 July 1867 – 25 February 1868
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Benjamin Disraeli
Preceded by Sir James Ferguson, Bt
Succeeded by M. E. Grant Duff
Personal details
Born 2 March 1834
Died 29 March 1904
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) (1) Harriet Hepburn-Forbes
(d. 1869)
(2) Margaret Walrond
(d. 1930)

Charles Henry Rolle Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 20th Baron Clinton (2 March 1834 – 29 March 1904), styled The Honourable Charles Trefusis between 1832 and 1866, was a British Conservative politician. He served as Under-Secretary of State for India from 1867 to 1868.


Clinton was the son of Charles Trefusis, 19th Baron Clinton, and Lady Elizabeth Georgiana Kerr, daughter of William Kerr, 6th Marquess of Lothian.[1]

Political career[edit]

Clinton was elected to the House of Commons for Devon North in 1857, a seat he held until he succeeded his father in 1866 and entered the House of Lords.[2] In July 1867 he was appointed Under-Secretary of State for India in the Conservative administration of the Earl of Derby. He retained this office also when Benjamin Disraeli became Prime Minister in February 1868. The government fell in December of the same year. Clinton never held political office again but served as a Charity Commissioner from 1874 to 1880. Apart from his political career he was also Lord Lieutenant of Devon between 1887 and 1904.


Lord Clinton married, firstly, Harriet Williamina Hepburn-Forbes, daughter of Sir John Stuart Hepburn-Forbes, 8th Baronet, in 1858 and In 1867 Clinton assumed by Royal licence the additional surnames and arms of Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes. They had five children:[1]

After his first wife's death in 1869 Lord Clinton married, secondly, Margaret Walrond, daughter of Sir John Walrond, 1st Baronet, in 1875. They had seven children:[1]

  • Brigadier-General Hon. John Frederick Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, DSO, b 14 January 1878, d of wounds 24 October 1915, unmarried
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Hon. Walter Alexander Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, b 1 July 1879, d 11 July 1926
  • Hon. Schomberg Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, b 22 March 1882, d 11 October 1974
  • Hon. Robert Henry Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, b 1 July 1888, d 1 July 1958
  • Hon. Edith Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, b 12 February 1876, d unmarried 13 April 1934
  • Hon. Evelyn Mary Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, b 3 July 1883, married Colonel Harry Stuart Ravenhill, d 5 January 1963
  • Hon. Harriet Margaret Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, b 20 March 1891, married Lieutenant-Colonel Eustace Maurice Widdrington-Bell, d 2 February 1975

As Lady Clinton, Margaret organised the 'Ladies of Devonshire' wedding gift of pearl earrings to Mary of Teck, the future Queen Mary.[3]

Lord Clinton died in March 1904, aged 70, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son from his first marriage, Charles. Lady Clinton died in 1930.[1]



  • Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th Edn, 2003.
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt
Lewis William Buck
Member of Parliament for North Devon
With: James Wentworth Buller 1857–1865
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt 1865–1866
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt
Sir Stafford Northcote, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir James Ferguson, Bt
Under-Secretary of State for India
Succeeded by
M. E. Grant Duff
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Iddesleigh
Lord Lieutenant of Devon
Succeeded by
Viscount Ebrington
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Rodolph Trefusis
Baron Clinton
Succeeded by
Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis