Alexander Baring, 4th Baron Ashburton

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Alexander Hugh Baring, 4th Baron Ashburton DL (4 May 1835 – 18 July 1889)[1] was a British landowner and Conservative Party politician. Baring was the son of Francis Baring, 3rd Baron Ashburton (1800–1868) and his wife Hortense Eugenie Claire Maret de Bassano (c. 1812–1882), and the grandson of American heiress Ana Louisa Bingham, whose father was William Bingham. He was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating in 1857.


Baring was elected unopposed as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Thetford at a by-election in December 1857, filling the vacancy caused by his father's succession to the peerage.[2] He was re-elected in 1859 and 1865, and held the seat until he succeeded to the peerage in 1868 on the death of his father.[2]

On 16 June 1864, Baring was appointed to be a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk.[3] A member of the Baring family, he succeeded to the title of Baron Ashburton on 6 September 1868.


He married the Hon. Leonora Caroline Digby, daughter of Edward Digby, 9th Baron Digby and Lady Theresa Anna Maria Fox-Strangways, on 5 January 1864. He died at Bath House, Piccadilly, London, England.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1835-1857: Mr Alexander Baring
  • 1857-1864: Mr Alexander Baring MP
  • 1864: The Honourable' Alexander Baring MP
  • 1864-1868: The Honourable Alexander Baring DL MP
  • 1868-1889: The Right Honourable The Lord Ashburton DL


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 305–306. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ "No. 22865". The London Gazette. 21 June 1864. p. 3170. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Baring
William FitzRoy, Earl of Euston
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: William FitzRoy, Earl of Euston to 1863
Lord Frederick FitzRoy 1863–1865
Robert Harvey from 1865
Succeeded by
Robert Harvey
Edward Gordon
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Baring
Baron Ashburton
Succeeded by
Francis Baring