Francis Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford

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The Most Honourable

The Marquess of Hertford

KG, GCH PC
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The Marquess of Hertford.
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
14 March 1812 – 28 July 1812
Monarch George III
Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
The Earl of Liverpool
Preceded by Lord John Thynne
Succeeded by Viscount Jocelyn
Personal details
Born 11 March 1777
Died 1 March 1842
Nationality British
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Maria Emilia Fagnani
(1771–1856)

Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford KG, GCH PC (11 March 1777 – 1 March 1842), styled Viscount Beauchamp between 1793 and 1794 and Earl of Yarmouth between 1794 and 1822, was a British Tory politician and art collector.

Background[edit]

Seymour-Conway was the son of Francis Seymour-Conway, 2nd Marquess of Hertford, by his second wife Isabella Anne Ingram, daughter of Charles Ingram, 9th Viscount of Irvine.

Political career[edit]

Lord Yarmouth sat as Member of Parliament for Orford from 1797 to 1802,[1] for Lisburn from 1802 to 1812,[2] for Antrim from 1812 to 1818[3] and for Camelford from 1820 to 1822.[4] In March 1812 he was sworn of the Privy Council[5] and appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household under Spencer Perceval. He continued in the post after Lord Liverpool became prime minister in May 1812 after Perceval's assassination, but relinquished it in July of that year. The same year he was appointed Lord Warden of the Stannaries,[6] a post he held until his death. He succeeded his father in the marquessate in 1822. The same year he was also made a Knight of the Garter[7] and appointed Vice-Admiral of Suffolk, a post he retained until his death.

Lord Hertford was also a considerable art collector, as were his son and grandson; many of his pictures are in the Wallace Collection which they founded.[8]

Cricket[edit]

Seymour-Conway was also an amateur cricketer who made three known appearances in major cricket matches from 1797 to 1799.[9] He was mainly associated with Surrey and was a member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).[10]

Family[edit]

Lord Hertford married Maria Emilia Fagnani, reputedly the illegitimate daughter of the 4th Duke of Queensberry and a married Italian aristocrat, the Marchesa Fagnani, on 18 May 1798. They had three children:

Lord Hertford was the prototype for the characters of the Marquess of Monmouth in Benjamin Disraeli's 1844 novel, Coningsby and the Marquess of Steyne in William Makepeace Thackeray's 1848 novel, Vanity Fair. In his last years he was said to live with a retinue of prostitutes, and the mental instability which afflicted several members of the Seymour Conway family became noticeable.[11] Charles Greville described him as broken with infirmities and unable to speak due to paralysis of the tongue, and claimed "there has been, so far as I know, no such example of undisguised debauchery"[12] He died in March 1842, aged 64, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Richard. The Marchioness of Hertford died in March 1856, aged 84.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Robert Seymour
Viscount Castlereagh
Member of Parliament for Orford
with Lord Robert Seymour

17971802
Succeeded by
Lord Robert Seymour
James Trail
Preceded by
George Hatton
Member of Parliament for Lisburn
18021812
Succeeded by
Lord Henry Moore
Preceded by
Edmund Alexander Macnaghten
John O'Neill
Member of Parliament for Antrim
18121818
With: John O'Neill
Succeeded by
John O'Neill
Hugh Henry John Seymour
Vacant
Title last held by
John Stewart
Lewis Allsopp
Member of Parliament for Camelford
18201822
With: Mark Milbank
Succeeded by
Sheldon Cradock
Mark Milbank
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord John Thynne
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
March–July 1812
Succeeded by
Viscount Jocelyn
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt
Lord Warden of the Stannaries
1812–1842
Succeeded by
The Prince Consort
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Hertford
Vice-Admiral of Suffolk
1822–1842
Vacant
Title next held by
The Earl of Stradbroke
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Francis Seymour-Conway
Marquess of Hertford
1822–1842
Succeeded by
Richard Seymour-Conway