Albert Handcock, 5th Baron Castlemaine

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5th Baron Castlemaine, photographed 26 November 1902.

Albert Edward Handcock, 5th Baron Castlemaine (26 March 1863 – 6 July 1937),[1] styled The Honourable from 1869 to 1892, was an Irish peer. He was a major landowner with 12,000 acres (49 km2).[2]


Born at East Hill, Athlone, he was the second son of Richard Handcock, 4th Baron Castlemaine and his wife Hon. Louisa Matilda Harris, only daughter of William Harris, 2nd Baron Harris.[3] In 1892, he succeeded his father as baron.[2] Handcock was educated at Eton College and went then to Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1895.[3] He was a Knight of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.[4]


Handcock served in the British Army as lieutenant of the 4th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.[5] In 1898, he was elected a representative peer to the House of Lords.[6] Previously a Deputy Lieutenant of that county,[5] he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Westmeath in 1899, a post he held until its abolishment with the Irish Free State Constitution Act in 1922.[7]


On 25 September 1895, he married Annie Evelyn Barrington, only daughter of Colonel Joseph Thomas Barrington, at St George's, Hanover Square,[3] and had by her an only daughter.[4] Handcock died, aged 74 at London and was succeeded in the barony by his younger brother Robert.[3]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Archived from the original on 11 May 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Who is Who 1935. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1935. p. 571. 
  3. ^ a b c d "ThePeerage - Albert Edward Handcock, 5th Baron Castlemaine of Moydrum". Retrieved 26 June 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage. London: Whitaker & Sons. 1921. p. 184. 
  5. ^ a b Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1895). Armorial families. Edinburgh: Grange Publishing Works. p. 185. 
  6. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Irish Representative Peers". Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Institute of Historical Research - Lieutenants and Lords-Lieutenants (Ireland) from 1831". Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Francis Travers Dames-Longworth
Lord Lieutenant of Westmeath
Office abolished
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard Handcock
Baron Castlemaine
Succeeded by
Robert Arthur Handcock