Thomas Wentworth Beaumont

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Thomas Wentworth Beaumont (5 November 1792 – 20 December 1848)[1] was a British politician and soldier. In 1831, at the time he inherited his mother's estate, he was the richest commoner in England.[2]


Born in Old Burlington Street in London, he was the oldest son of Thomas Richard Beaumont and Diana Wentworth, daughter of Sir Thomas Wentworth, 5th Baronet.[3] Beaumont was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1813.[4] He served as lieutenant-colonel of the Northumberland Militia, but resigned in 1824.[3] In 1826, he fought a duel with John Lambton later Earl of Durham.[5] He was president of the Polish Literary Institution and a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.[3]


In 1816, Beaumont stood as Member of Parliament (MP) for Northumberland, the same constituency his father had represented before.[6] He lost this seat in 1826, however was successful for Stafford in a by-election in 1826.[1] After the general election of 1830 Beaumont was returned again for Northumberland, until in 1832, the constituency was split into a north and south division.[6] Beaumont was elected for the latter, and sat then for South Northumberland until his retirement from politic in 1837.[6] Initially a Tory, he was considered a Liberal from 1820.[5]


On 22 November 1827, Beaumont married Henrietta Jane Emma Hawks Atkinson, daughter of John Atkinson.[7] They had two daughters and four sons.[7] His oldest son Wentworth Blackett was created Baron Allendale in 1906, and his third son Somerset Archibald sat in the House of Commons for Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Wakefield.[7] Beaumont died, aged 56, at Bournemouth and was buried at Bretton Hall in Yorkshire.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Stafford". Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "The National Archives". Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d Sylvanus, Urban (1849). The Gentleman's Magazine. London: John Bowyer Nicholls and Son. pp. 94–95. 
  4. ^ "Beaumont, Thomas Wentworth (BMNT809TW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ a b Latimer, John (1857). Local Records of Remarkable Events in Northumberland and Durham. p. 254. 
  6. ^ a b c "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Northumberland & Northumberland South". Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c "ThePeerage - Thomas Wentworth Beaumont". Retrieved 29 April 2009. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Charles Monck
Thomas Richard Beaumont
Member of Parliament for Northumberland
With: Charles John Brandling
Succeeded by
Matthew Bell
Hon. Henry Liddell
Preceded by
Richard Ironmonger
Ralph Benson
Member of Parliament for Stafford
1826 – 1830
With: Ralph Benson
Succeeded by
John Campbell
Thomas Gisborne
Preceded by
Matthew Bell
Hon. Henry Liddell
Member of Parliament for Northumberland
With: Matthew Bell 1830–1831
Viscount Howick 1831–1832
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for South Northumberland
With: Matthew Bell
Succeeded by
Matthew Bell
Christopher Blackett