Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 10th Baronet

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Thomas Dyke Acland
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Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 10th Baronet (1787-1871). 1844 marble bust by Edward Bowring Stephens. Collection of National Trust, Killerton House
Born (1787-03-29)29 March 1787
Died 22 July 1871(1871-07-22) (aged 84)
Title Baronet of Columb John
Tenure 17 May 1794 – 22 July 1871
Predecessor Thomas, 9th Baronet
Successor Thomas, 11th Baronet
Drawing of Sir Thomas Acland, 10th Baronet
Statue of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 10th Baronet, Northernhay Gardens, Exeter

Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 10th Baronet (29 March 1787 – 22 July 1871) was a British politician and baronet.

Background[edit]

Born in London, he was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 9th Baronet and his wife Henrietta Anne Hoare, daughter of Sir Richard Hoare, 1st Baronet.[1] The Aclands were an old Devon family and successive generations of the family sat in the House of Commons for the county. His family had extensive properties on what is now the Holnicote Estate and particularly the village of Selworthy. In 1794, he succeeded his father as baronet. Acland was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1808, and a Master of Arts in 1814.[1] He gained a Doctor of Civil Laws degree in 1831.[1]

Career[edit]

He was appointed High Sheriff of Devon for 1809–10. Although the Aclands were usually associated with the Liberal Party, this Acland was a Conservative. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Devonshire from 1812 to 1818 and again from 1820 to 1831. He then sat for North Devon from 1837 to 1857.

Among his many business interests Acland was the owner of a schooner called Lady of St Kilda, which he bought in 1834. In 1842 the schooner visited the township of Melbourne in Australia, which had been founded in 1835. As a result of that visit, the suburb of St Kilda was named after the ship, and Acland St, one of St Kilda's main commercial centres, was named after Acland.

Family[edit]

In 1808, he married Lydia Hoare,[2] daughter of Henry Hoare.[1] A new baronetcy was created for his fourth son, Sir Henry Acland, 1st Baronet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 82. 
  2. ^ "Lydia Elizabeth (née Hoare), Lady Acland". National Portrait Gallery, London. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Lawrence Palk
John Pollexfen Bastard
Member of Parliament for Devon
18121818
With: John Pollexfen Bastard 1812–1816
Edmund Pollexfen Bastard 1816–1818
Succeeded by
Edmund Pollexfen Bastard
Hugh Fortescue
Preceded by
Hugh Fortescue
Edmund Pollexfen Bastard
Member of Parliament for Devon
18201831
With: Edmund Pollexfen Bastard 1820–1830
Lord John Russell 1830–1831
Succeeded by
Hugh Fortescue
Lord John Russell
Preceded by
Newton Fellowes
Hugh Fortescue
Member of Parliament for North Devon
18371857
With: Hugh Fortescue 1837–1839
Lewis Buck 1839–1857
Succeeded by
James Wentworth Buller
Charles Henry Rolle Trefusis
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Thomas Dyke Acland
Baronet
(of Columb John)
1794–1871
Succeeded by
Thomas Dyke Acland