Hugh Fortescue, 3rd Earl Fortescue

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Fortescue as caricatured in Vanity Fair, September 1881

Hugh Fortescue, 3rd Earl Fortescue (4 April 1818 – 10 October 1905), known as Viscount Ebrington from 1841 to 1861, was a British peer and occasional politician.

He entered the House of Commons in 1841 as a member for Plymouth. He lost this seat in 1852, but returned in 1854 for Marylebone, which seat he held until 1859, when he was called up to the House of Lords by a writ of acceleration. He succeeded to his father's earldom two years later.

He married Georgiana Dawson-Damer, granddaughter of John Dawson, 1st Earl of Portarlington, on 1 March 1847. They had ten children:

  • Lady Mary Eleanor Fortescue (b 1849, d 12 October 1938), married George Bridgeman.
  • Lady Lucy Catherine Fortescue (b 1851, d 19 March 1940), married Michael Hicks-Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn and had issue.
  • Lady Georgiana Seymour Fortescue (b 1852, d 24 December 1915), married her cousin, Lord Ernest Seymour, son of Francis Seymour, 5th Marquess of Hertford and had issue.
  • Hugh Fortescue, 4th Earl Fortescue (b 16 April 1854, d 29 October 1932)
  • Captain Hon. Sir Seymour John Fortescue, RN (b 10 February 1856, d 20 March 1942), died unmarried.
  • Major Hon. Lionel Henry Dudley Fortescue (b 19 November 1857, killed in action 11 June 1900), married Emily Adam
  • Captain Hon. Arthur Grenville Fortescue (b 24 December 1858, d 3 October 1895), married Lilla Fane and had issue
  • Major Hon. Sir John William Fortescue (b 28 December 1859, d 22 October 1933), married Winifred Beech
  • Brigadier-General Hon. Charles Granville Fortescue (b 30 October 1861, d 1 February 1951), married Ethel Clarke, daughter of Sir Charles Clarke, 3rd Baronet and had issue.
  • Lady Frances Blanche Fortescue (b 1865, d 24 October 1950), married Archibald Hay Gordon-Duff and had issue

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Collier
Thomas Beaumont Bewes
Member of Parliament for Plymouth
1841–1852
With: Roundell Palmer
Succeeded by
Charles John Mare
Robert Collier
Preceded by
Sir Benjamin Hall, Bt
Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart
Member of Parliament for Marylebone
1854–1859
With: Sir Benjamin Hall, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Benjamin Hall, Bt
Edwin James
Political offices
Preceded by
None
Parliamentary Secretary to the Poor Law Board
1847–1851
Succeeded by
Ralph William Grey
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hugh Fortescue
Earl Fortescue
1861–1905
Succeeded by
Hugh Fortescue
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Hugh Fortescue
Baron Fortescue
(writ in acceleration)

1859–1905
Succeeded by
Hugh Fortescue