Henry Fox, 4th Baron Holland

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Henry Edward Fox, 4th Baron Holland, of Holland, 4th Baron Holland, of Foxley, MP (7 May 1802 – 18 December 1859) was briefly a British Whig politician and later an ambassador.

Fox was born at Holland House, London, the eldest legitimate child of the 3rd Baron Holland and his wife, Elizabeth Vassall, and was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

He briefly held the seat of Horsham from 1826-27 before joining the Diplomatic Service in 1831, after which he was Secretary to the Legation at Turin from 1832–35, Attaché at St Petersburg, Secretary at the Embassy in Vienna from 1835–38, to the German Confederation in 1838 and to Florence from 1839-46.[1]

On 9 May 1833, he had married Lady Mary Augusta Coventry (11 May 1812 – 23 September 1889) (a daughter of the 8th Earl of Coventry). They had two stillborn children before adopting a daughter, Marie Fox.[1]

Selections from the entertaining journal he kept from 1818 to 1830 were published in 1923, edited by Lord Ilchester (The Journal of the Hon. Henry Edward Fox). In it, he records his life in British high society and his travels, his encounters with such notabilities as Talleyrand, Samuel Rodgers, Sydney Smith and Lord Byron (and Byron's mistress, Teresa Guiccioli, with whom Fox had an affair which he recounts in some detail).

As Lord Holland died without male issue, in Naples, his titles became extinct.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Fox, Hon. Henry Edward". 2004. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Hurst
Sir John Aubrey, Bt
Member of Parliament for Horsham
With: Robert Hurst
Succeeded by
Robert Hurst
Nicholas Ridley-Colborne
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Hon. Ralph Abercromby
as Minister Resident
British Minister to Tuscany
1839 – 1846
Succeeded by
Sir George Hamilton
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Vassall-Fox
Baron Holland (of Holland)
Baron Holland (of Foxley)

1840 – 1859