Francis Cowper, 7th Earl Cowper

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Cowper
KG PCDL
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
In office
4 May 1880 – 4 May 1882
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone
Preceded by The Duke of Marlborough
Succeeded by Lord Spencer
Personal details
Born 11 June 1834 (1834-06-11)
Died 18 July 1905(1905-07-18) (aged 71)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Lady Katrine Compton
Alma mater University of Oxford

Francis Thomas de Grey Cowper, 7th Earl Cowper KG, PC, DL (11 June 1834 – 18 July 1905), known as Viscount Fordwich from 1837 to 1856, was a British Liberal politician. He was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1880 to 1882.

Background[edit]

Cowper (pronounced "Cooper") was the eldest son of George Cowper, 6th Earl Cowper, by his wife Anne de Grey, 7th holder of the barony of Lucas of Crudwell, daughter of Thomas de Grey, 2nd Earl de Grey. He was educated at Harrow School and the University of Oxford.

Political career[edit]

Cowper entered the House of Lords on his father's death in 1856 and served under William Ewart Gladstone as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords) from 1871 to 1874 and as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1880 to 1882. He became a Knight of the Garter in 1865 and was admitted to the Privy Council in 1871.

Other public positions[edit]

Apart from his political career Cowper held the position of Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire between 1861 and 1905. He was also a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Kent.

Peerages[edit]

In 1871 Cowper managed to obtain a reversal of the attainder of the Scottish lordship of Dingwall, which had been under attainder since 1715, and now became the 4th Lord Dingwall as well. In 1880 he also succeeded his mother as 8th Baron Lucas of Crudwell.

Family[edit]

Lord Cowper married Lady Katrine Compton, daughter of William Compton, 4th Marquess of Northampton, in 1870. The marriage was childless. Cowper died in July 1905, aged 71. On his death, the baronetcy of Ratlingcourt, barony of Cowper, viscountcy of Fordwich and earldom of Cowper became extinct. He was succeeded in the barony of Lucas of Crudwell and the lordship of Dingwall by his nephew, Auberon.

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
The Marquess of Normanby
Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms
1871–1874
Succeeded by
The Earl of Ilchester
Preceded by
The Duke of Marlborough
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
1880–1882
Succeeded by
The Earl Spencer
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Bedford
Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire
1861–1905
Succeeded by
The Lord St John of Bletso
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Anne Cowper
Baron Lucas of Crudwell
1880–1905
Succeeded by
Auberon Herbert
Preceded by
James Butler
(attainted 1715)
Baron Butler
(attainder reversed)

1871–1905
Succeeded by
Abeyant
Preceded by
George Cowper
Baron Cowper
1856–1905
Succeeded by
Extinct
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
James Butler
(attainted 1715)
Lord Dingwall
(attainder reversed)

1871–1905
Succeeded by
Auberon Herbert
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Cowper
Earl Cowper
1856–1905
Succeeded by
Extinct