Leicester Stanhope, 5th Earl of Harrington
|Leicester FitzGerald Charles Stanhope, 5th Earl of Harrington CB|
|Born||Leicester FitzGerald Charles Stanhope
2 September 1784
|Died||7 September 1862
Harrington House, Kensington Palace Gardens, London
|Title||5th Earl of Harrington|
|Tenure||1851 - 1862|
|Other titles||Viscount Petersham
Order of the Bath
|Predecessor||Charles Stanhope, 4th Earl of Harrington (Elder Brother)|
|Successor||Sydney Seymour Hyde Stanhope, 6th Earl of Harrington|
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Green, daughter of William Green and Ann Rose Hall, both of Jamaica.|
|Issue||Lady Geraldine Evelyn Stanhope d. 5 Jan 1914
Lady Anna Caroline Stanhope b. 24 May 1837, d. 9 Apr 1913
Algernon Russell Gayleard Stanhope, Viscount Petersham b. 1838, d. 1847
Sydney Seymour Hyde Stanhope, 6th Earl of Harrington b. 27 Sep 1845, d. 22 Feb 1866
|Parents||Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington
|Occupation||Peer and Soldier|
He was born in Dublin in 1784, the third son of Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington, and Jane Stanhope, Countess of Harrington. On 1 October 1799, he became a Cornet and Sublieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Life Guards, and was promoted lieutenant on 20 October 1802. He exchanged into the 9th Regiment of Foot on 19 March 1803, and on 2 April 1803 purchased a captaincy in the 10th (Prince of Wales's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons. On 9 November 1803, he exchanged into the Carabiniers (6th Dragoon Guards), and on 27 January 1813, into the 17th Regiment of Light Dragoons. Promoted major, he was appointed Deputy Adjutant-General in the East Indies on 29 June 1815, as a brevet lieutenant-colonel. He exchanged into the 47th Regiment of Foot while serving there and was appointed Deputy Quartermaster-General on 24 April 1817.
From late 1817 to 1818, Stanhope and his regiment took part in the Third Anglo-Maratha War. On 14 October 1818, he was appointed a Companion of the Bath for his service in the conflict. He resigned as quartermaster on 29 March 1821 and purchased an unattached lieutenant-colonelcy on 26 June 1823.
On 23 April 1831, at St James's Church, Piccadilly, he married Elizabeth Green, daughter of William Green and Ann Rose Hall, both of Jamaica. In 1851, he inherited the earldom from his brother, Charles Stanhope, 4th Earl of Harrington.
In 1852 Stanhope acquired a plot of land formerly belonging to the kitchen garden of Kensington Palace: he constructed Harrington House (or No. 13 Kensington Palace Gardens), which was built in his favourite gothic style, at the cost of £15,000. Harrington House was owned by the family until the First World War; Since 1930 Harrington House has been home to the Russian Embassy.  The exterior of the house was designed by Decimus Burton, following plans sketched by the Earl. Works were carried under the supervision of C.J. Richardson, who was the surveyor to the Earl's vast South Kensington estate. Details and the final plans are thought to have been left to Richardson; he did, however, acknowledge the "great measure" the Earl was involved in the design. The house's unorthodox architecture was widely criticised, including by Richardson; Lord Harrington, however, thought it to be "a house without a fault".
Stanhope died 7 September 1862, at Harrington House.
He was succeeded by his son: Sydney Seymour Hyde Stanhope, 6th Earl of Harrington
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- Lee, Sidney, ed. (1898). "Stanhope, Leicester Fitzgerald Charles". Dictionary of National Biography 54. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
-  Portrait of the 5th Earl, by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
|Peerage of Great Britain|
|Earl of Harrington
Sydney Seymour Hyde Stanhope