Algernon Percy, 6th Duke of Northumberland

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His Grace
The Duke of Northumberland
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The Duke of Northumberland by Leslie Ward, 1884.
Paymaster-General and
Vice-President of the Board of Trade
In office
3 March 1859 – 11 June 1859
Monarch Queen Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Preceded by The Earl of Donoughmore
Succeeded by James Wilson
Lord Privy Seal
In office
4 February 1878 – 21 April 1880
Monarch Queen Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Beaconsfield
Preceded by The Earl of Beaconsfield
Succeeded by The Duke of Argyll
Personal details
Born 20 May 1810 (1810-05-20)
Died 2 January 1899 (1899-01-03) (aged 88)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Louisa Drummond
(d. 1890)

Algernon George Percy, 6th Duke of Northumberland, KG, PC, DL (20 May 1810 – 2 January 1899), styled Lord Lovaine between 1830 and 1865 and Earl Percy between 1865 and 1867, was a British Conservative politician. He held office under the Earl of Derby as Paymaster-General and Vice-President of the Board of Trade in 1859 and under the Benjamin Disraeli as Lord Privy Seal between 1878 and 1880.


Northumberland was the eldest son of George Percy, Lord Lovaine, eldest son of Algernon Percy, 1st Earl of Beverley, a younger son of Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland. From his father's succession as second Earl of Beverley in 1830, Percy was styled Lord Lovaine. In 1865, Lord Beverley inherited the dukedom of Northumberland from his first cousin, Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland, and thenceforth Lovaine was styled Earl Percy. His mother was Louisa, daughter of the Hon. James Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, second son of Prime Minister John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute.

Lord Josceline Percy and Lieutenant-General Lord Henry Percy were his younger brothers.[1]

Political career[edit]

Northumberland sat in the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Bere Alston between 1831 and 1832[2] and for Northumberland North between 1852 and 1865.[3] He served Civil Lord of the Admiralty between 1858 and 1859 and as Paymaster-General and Vice-President of the Board of Trade in 1859[4] in Lord Derby's second government. The latter year he was also sworn of the Privy Council.[4]

In 1867 he succeeded in the dukedom on the death of his father and entered the House of Lords. He joined the Earl of Beaconsfield's second government as Lord Privy Seal in 1878, with a seat in the cabinet, a post he held until the fall of the government in 1880.[5]

Northumberland was also Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland between 1877 and 1899.[5] He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1886.[6]


Northumberland married Louisa, daughter of Henry Drummond, in 1845. She died in December 1890. Northumberland survived her by nine years and died in January 1899, aged 88. The Duke and his wife were buried in the Percy family vault in Westminster Abbey.[7] He was succeeded in the dukedom by his eldest son, Henry, Earl Percy. Northumberland's second son Lord Algernon Percy was also a politician.

At the Percy seat Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, he enlisted Anthony Salvin to do conserable interior works in the neo-Gothic style, and purchased the collection of paintings amassed by the Roman painter Vincenzo Camuccini, to add to the pictures at Alnwick, swelled by the collection formerly at Northumberland House, The Strand, London, which was demolished in 1874.


  1. ^ "- Person Page 1045". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  2. ^ " House of Commons: Bedford to Berwick upon Tweed". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  3. ^ " House of Commons: Northampton North to Nuneaton". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "No. 22236". The London Gazette. 4 March 1859. p. 988. 
  5. ^ a b " Peerage: Norfolk to Nuneham". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "No. 25561". The London Gazette. 23 February 1886. p. 848. 
  7. ^ "Westminster Abbey » Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland & Percy family". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Christopher Blackett
David Lyon
Member of Parliament for Bere Alston
With: David Lyon
Constituency disenfranchised
Preceded by
Viscount Ossulston
Sir George Grey, Bt
Member of Parliament for Northumberland North
With: Viscount Ossulston 1832–1859
Sir Matthew White Ridley, Bt 1859–1868
Succeeded by
Sir Matthew White Ridley, Bt
Lord Henry Percy
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Baring
Civil Lord of the Admiralty
Succeeded by
Hon. Frederick Lygon
Preceded by
The Earl of Donoughmore
Succeeded by
James Wilson
Vice-President of the Board of Trade
Preceded by
The Earl of Beaconsfield
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
The Duke of Argyll
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The 3rd Earl Grey
Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland
Succeeded by
The 4th Earl Grey
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Percy
Duke of Northumberland
Succeeded by
Henry Percy
Baron Lovaine
(descended by acceleration)