Charles Pelham, 4th Earl of Yarborough

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Yarborough
Earl of Yarborough Vanity Fair 2 January 1896.jpg
"Brocklesby". The Earl of Yarborough as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, January 1896.
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
In office
11 August 1890 – 11 August 1892
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by The Earl of Rosslyn
Succeeded by The Lord Vernon
Personal details
Born 11 June 1859
Died 12 July 1936 (1936-07-13) (aged 77)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Hon.Marcia Lane-Fox
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Charles Alfred Worsley Pelham, 4th Earl of Yarborough KG PC (11 June 1859 – 12 July 1936), styled Lord Worsley until 1875, was a British peer and politician. He served as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms under Lord Salisbury between 1890 and 1892.

Background and education[edit]

Pelham was the eldest son of Charles Anderson-Pelham, 3rd Earl of Yarborough, and his wife, Lady Victoria Alexandrina Hare, daughter of William Hare, 2nd Earl of Listowel. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] He originally used the surname Anderson-Pelham, but assumed by Royal licence the surname of Pelham only in 1905.[2]

Political career[edit]

When Yarborough inherited his father's titles in 1875, he took up his seat in the Lords as a Liberal but later became a Conservative over Irish Home Rule. In 1890 he was admitted to the Privy Council[3] and made Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms under Lord Salisbury,[4] a post he held until 1892.[5]

Lord Yarborough was Honorary Colonel of the Lincolnshire Yeomanry. During the Second Anglo-Boer War a new regiment was formed as the Lincolnshire Imperial Yeomanry, of which Yarborough was appointed Lieutenant-colonel in June 1901[6]

In 1921 he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, which he remained until his death in 1936. He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1935. Other appointments he held until his death were: Provincial Grand Master of Lincolnshire (Freemasons) from 1895 and Master of the Fox Hounds of Brocklesby from 1880.


Lord Yarborough married the Honourable Marcia Lane-Fox, daughter and co-heir of Sackville Lane-Fox, 12th Baron Conyers, on 5 August 1886. They had four sons:

Lord Yarborough died in July 1936, aged 77, and was succeeded by his second but eldest surviving son, Sackville.


  1. ^ "Yarlborough, Earl of (Charles Alfred Worsley Pelham) (YRBH878EO)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ "No. 27855". The London Gazette. 17 November 1905. p. 7706. 
  3. ^ "No. 26109". The London Gazette. 25 November 1890. p. 6455. 
  4. ^ "No. 26078". The London Gazette. 12 August 1890. p. 4377. 
  5. ^ "No. 26321". The London Gazette. 30 August 1892. p. 4958. 
  6. ^ "No. 27330". The London Gazette. 5 July 1901. p. 4476. 
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Rosslyn
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
Succeeded by
The Lord Vernon
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl Brownlow
Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
Succeeded by
The Lord Brownlow
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Anderson-Pelham
Earl of Yarborough
Succeeded by
Sackville Pelham