Bennet Sherard, 1st Earl of Harborough

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Memorial to the Earl, his Wife, and their dead child. Stapleford church, carving by John Michael Rysbrack

Bennet Sherard, 1st Earl of Harborough (1675 – 16 October 1732) (created Viscount Sherard in 1718, and Earl of Harborough in 1719) was a British peer and Member of Parliament.

In 1700, he succeeded his father Bennet as Baron Sherard, of Leitrim, and shortly thereafter as Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, and was made deputy lieutenant of Lincolnshire the same year. He held these offices until his dismissal in 1712. From 1701 to 1702, he was MP for Leicestershire, and was returned for Rutland in 1713. He held that seat until 19 October 1714, when he was created Baron Sherard, of Harborough, in the Peerage of Great Britain, and entered the House of Lords. In 1715, he was reappointed to the Lord-Lieutenancy of Rutland, which he held until his death. He was created Viscount Sherard on 31 October 1718 and Earl of Harborough on 8 May 1719.

He was succeeded by his second cousin, Philip as Earl of Harborough, Baron Sherard (in Great Britain and in Ireland), and as Lord-Lieutenant; the Viscountcy of Sherard became extinct upon his death.

His sister, Lady Lucy Sherard, married John Manners, 2nd Duke of Rutland.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Verney
John Wilkins
Member of Parliament for Leicestershire
1701–1702
With: Lord Roos
Succeeded by
John Verney
John Wilkins
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Lord Finch
Richard Halford
Member of Parliament for Rutland
1713–1714
With: Lord Finch
Succeeded by
Lord Finch
John Noel
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Westmorland
Justice in Eyre
north of the Trent

1719–1732
Succeeded by
The Viscount Lymington
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Sherard
Lord Lieutenant of Rutland
1700–1712
Succeeded by
The Earl of Exeter
Preceded by
The Earl of Exeter
Lord Lieutenant of Rutland
1715–1732
Succeeded by
Philip Sherard
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl of Harborough
1719–1732
Succeeded by
Philip Sherard
Viscount Sherard
1718–1732
Extinct
Baron Sherard
1714–1732
Succeeded by
Philip Sherard
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Bennet Sherard
Baron Sherard
1700–1732
Succeeded by
Philip Sherard