Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond
The Duke of Richmond
|The Duke of Richmond, 1824.|
11 December 1830 – 5 July 1834
|Prime Minister||The Earl Grey|
|Preceded by||The Duke of Manchester|
|Succeeded by||The Marquess Conyngham|
|Born||3 August 1791
Richmond House, Whitehall Gardens, London
|Died||21 October 1860 (aged 69)
Portland Place, Marylebone, London
|Spouse(s)||Lady Caroline Paget
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin|
Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond and 5th Duke of Lennox, 5th Duke of Aubigny, KG, PC (3 August 1791 – 21 October 1860), styled Earl of March until in 1819, was a British soldier, politician and a prominent Conservative.
Background and education
Richmond (while Earl of March) served on Wellington's staff in the Peninsular War, during which time he volunteered to join the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot's advance storming party on the fortress of Ciudad Rodrigo. He formally joined the 52nd Foot in 1813, and took command of a company of 52nd soldiers at Orthez in 1814, where he was severely wounded; the musket-ball in his chest was never removed. During the Battle of Waterloo he was ADC to the Prince of Orange, and following that man's wounding, served as ADC to Wellington. Richmond was chiefly responsible for the belated institution in 1847 of the Military General Service Medal for all survivors of the campaigns between 1793 and 1814. (There had only hitherto been a Waterloo Medal). He campaigned in Parliament and also enlisted the interest of Queen Victoria. Richmond himself received the medal with eight clasps.
Richmond sat as Member of Parliament for Chichester between 1812 and 1819. The latter year he succeeded his father in the dukedom and entered the House of Lords. He was a vehement opponent in the House of Lords of Roman Catholic emancipation, and at a later date a leader of the opposition to Peel's free trade policy, being the president of the Central Agricultural Protection Society to try and preserve the Corn Laws. Although a vigorous Conservative and Ultra-Tory for most of his career, Richmond's anger with Wellington over Catholic Emancipation led him to lead the Ultra's into joining Earl Grey's reforming Whig government in 1830 (Lang, 1999). He served under Grey as Postmaster General between 1830 and 1834. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1830. Richmond was also Lord Lieutenant of Sussex between 1835 and 1860 and was appointed a Knight of the Garter in 1829.
Richmond married Lady Caroline, daughter of Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey and Lady Caroline Villiers, on 10 April 1817. The couple had five sons and five daughters, including:
- Charles Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Richmond (1818–1903)
- Lady Caroline Amelia Gordon-Lennox (18 June 1819 – 30 April 1890), married John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough
- Fitzroy George Charles Gordon-Lennox (11 June 1820 – 1841), lost at sea aboard SS President
- Rt. Hon. Lord Henry Charles George Gordon-Lennox (2 November 1821 – 29 August 1886), married Amelia Brooman and left no issue
- Captain Lord Alexander Francis Charles Gordon-Lennox (14 June 1825 – 22 January 1892), married Emily Towneley and left issue
- Lady Augusta Catherine Gordon-Lennox (14 January 1827 – 3 April 1904), married Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar (1823–1902)
- Lord George Charles Gordon-Lennox (22 October 1829 – 27 February 1877), married Minnie Palmer and left no issue
- Lady Cecilia Catherine Gordon-Lennox (13 April 1838 – 5 October 1910), married Charles Bingham, 4th Earl of Lucan; they are ancestors of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
James du Pre
|Member of Parliament for Chichester
with William Huskisson
Lord John Lennox
The Duke of Manchester
The Marquess Conyngham
The Earl of Egremont
|Vice-Admiral of Sussex
|Lord Lieutenant of Sussex
The Earl of Chichester
|Peerage of England|
|Duke of Richmond
|Peerage of Scotland|
|Duke of Lennox