Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Harrington
G.C.H. PC PC (Ire)
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Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington
Born Charles Stanhope
(1753-03-17)17 March 1753
Died 5 September 1829(1829-09-05) (aged 76)
Brighton, East Sussex
Title 3rd Earl of Harrington
Tenure 1779-1829
Other titles Viscount Petersham
Baron Harrington
Knight Grand Cross, Royal Guelphic Order
Nationality British
Residence Elvaston Castle
Wars and battles American Revolutionary War
Offices Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Life Guards
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle
Member of Parliament for Thetford (1774)
Member of Parliament for Westminster (1776–1779)
Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council,
Member of the Privy Council of Ireland
Predecessor William Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Harrington (Father)
Successor Charles Stanhope, 4th Earl of Harrington (Son)
Spouse(s) Jane Flemming (daughter of Sir John Fleming, 1st Baronet; a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte)
Parents William Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Harrington
Lady Caroline FitzRoy, daughter of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton
Occupation Peer and Soldier

General Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington, G.C.H., PC, PC (Ire) (17 March 1753 – 5 September 1829), styled Viscount Petersham until 1779, was a British soldier. Stanhope is sometimes confused with an exact contemporary of his, the 3rd Earl Stanhope.

Early life[edit]

Coat of Arms of the Earl of Harrington

Stanhope was the son of William Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Harrington and Lady Caroline Fitzroy, daughter of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton and Lady Henrietta Somerset, daughter of Charles Somerset, Marquess of Worcester and Rebecca Child. He was educated at Eton.[1]

Military career[edit]

Stanhope was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1769.[1] He was briefly Member of Parliament for Thetford and then for Westminster.[1] During the Saratoga campaign of the American Revolutionary War as Viscount Petersham, Charles Stanhope commanded the 29th Regiment of Foot's Grenadier company and as an aide-de-camp to General John Burgoyne.[1]

Viscount Petersham can be seen in the famous painting "The Burial of General Fraser at Saratoga" standing above Simon Fraser.

Family[edit]

Lord Harrington was married to Jane Fleming, daughter of Sir John Fleming, 1st Baronet. She was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte.[2] Lord and Lady Harrington had eleven children:

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Seymour Conway
John Drummond
Member of Parliament for Thetford
1774
With: Henry Seymour Conway
Succeeded by
Charles FitzRoy
Charles FitzRoy-Scudamore
Preceded by
Earl Percy
Lord Thomas Pelham-Clinton
Member of Parliament for Westminster
1776–1779
With: Lord Thomas Pelham-Clinton
Succeeded by
Lord Thomas Pelham-Clinton
Viscount Malden
Military offices
Preceded by
The Lord Dover
Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Life Guards
1792–1829
Succeeded by
The Viscount Combermere
Preceded by
The Viscount Cathcart
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
1806–1812
Succeeded by
The Earl of Hopetoun
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Cardigan
Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle
1812–1829
Succeeded by
The Marquess Conyngham
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Stanhope
Earl of Harrington
1779–1829
Succeeded by
Charles Stanhope