George Bingham, 5th Earl of Lucan

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Colonel George Charles Bingham, 5th Earl of Lucan GCVO, KBE, CB, PC, TD, DL (13 December 1860 – 20 April 1949), styled Lord Bingham from 1888 to 1914, was a British soldier and Conservative politician.

Background and education[edit]

Lucan was the son of Charles Bingham, 4th Earl of Lucan, and Lady Cecilia Catherine Gordon-Lennox.[1] He was educated at Harrow, and later at Sandhurst.

Military career[edit]

Lucan was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade in 1881, retiring with the rank of Captain in 1896. In 1900 he joined the 1st London Rifle Volunteers as a Major, rising to the rank of Colonel.

Political career[edit]

Lucan was appointed High Sheriff of Mayo for 1902-03. [2]

He was briefly a Member of Parliament for the Chertsey constituency in Surrey as a member of the Conservative Party. He was elected in a by-election on 7 July 1904, and defeated in the 1906 general election by the Liberal candidate F. J. Marnham. In August 1914 he was elected an Irish Representative Peer. He served under David Lloyd George, Andrew Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin as a Lord-in-Waiting (government whip in the House of Lords) from 1920 to 1924 and under Baldwin from 1924 to 1929. The latter year he was appointed Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms, a post he held until the government fell later that year, and again in the National Government from 1931 to 1940. He was also a Deputy Lieutenant of County Mayo and Middlesex.

Family[edit]

Lord Lucan married Violet Sylvia Blanche Spender Clay, with whom he had four children:[1]

Grave of the 5th Earl of Lucan in All Saints' parish churchyard, Laleham, Middlesex

Lord Lucan died in April 1949, aged 88, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son George, who in contrast to his father became a Labour politician. The Dowager Lady Lucan died in 1972.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Peerage
  2. ^ The County Families of the United Kingdom. Edition 59. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Arthur Fyler
Member of Parliament for Chertsey
19041906
Succeeded by
Francis John Marnham
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Onslow
Lord-in-Waiting
1920 – 1929
Succeeded by
The Lord Templemore
Preceded by
The Earl of Plymouth
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
1929
Succeeded by
The Earl of Cavan
Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1929
Succeeded by
The Earl De La Warr
Preceded by
The Earl of Cavan
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
1931 – 1940
Succeeded by
The Lord Snell
Preceded by
The Lord Marley
Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1931 – 1940
Succeeded by
The Lord Templemore
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Charles Bingham
Earl of Lucan
1914 – 1949
Succeeded by
George Bingham
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Bingham
1934 – 1949
Succeeded by
George Bingham