Charles Bingham, 1st Earl of Lucan

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Charles Bingham, 1st Earl of Lucan (22 September 1735 – 29 March 1799),[1] known as Sir Charles Bingham, 7th Baronet from 1750 until 1776, was an Irish peer and politician.


He was the second son of Sir John Bingham, 5th Baronet and his wife Anne Vesey, daughter of Agmondesham Vesey.[2] In 1750, Bingham succeeded his older brother John as baronet.[3]


Bingham was appointed High Sheriff of Mayo in 1756.[4] He was elected as Member of Parliament for both Castlebar and Mayo in 1761, and chose to sit for the latter.[5] He was returned to the Irish House of Commons until 1776,[5] when he was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Lucan, of Castlebar, in the County of Mayo.[6] As his title enabled him only to take a seat in the Irish House of Lords, Bingham was not restricted from entering the British House of Commons for Northampton in 1782, representing it until two years later.[7] In 1795, Bingham was further ennobled as Earl of Lucan, of Castlebar, in the County of Mayo.[8]


His daughter Anne by Joshua Reynolds, 1786

On 25 August 1760, he married Margaret Smith, daughter of Sir James Smith at Bath, Somerset,[4] and by her he had four daughters and a son,[2] among which:

Bingham died, aged 63 at Charles Street, London and was succeeded in his titles by his only son Richard.[9]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment – Peerage". Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Lodge, John (1789). Mervyn Archdall, ed. The Peerage of Ireland or A Genealogical History of the Present Nobility of that Kingdom. vol. VII. Dublin: James Moore. p. 107. 
  3. ^ "Leigh Rayment – Baronetage". Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "ThePeerage – Charles Bingham, 1st Earl of Lucan". Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment – Irish House of Commons 1692–1800". 
  6. ^ "No. 11679". The London Gazette. 29 June 1776. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Leigh Rayment – British House of Commons, Northampton". Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "No. 13821". The London Gazette. 10 October 1795. p. 1052. 
  9. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1799). The Gentleman's Magazine. part I. London: John Nichols. p. 349. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
James Cuffe I
Paul Annesley Gore
Member of Parliament for Mayo
With: Hon. Peter Browne-Kelly 1761–68
James Cuffe II 1768–76
Succeeded by
James Cuffe II
Arthur Browne
Preceded by
Henry Mitchell
John Browne
Member of Parliament for Castlebar
With: Joshua Cooper
Succeeded by
Joshua Cooper
Richard Gore
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Viscount Althorpe
George Rodney
Member of Parliament for Northampton
1782 – 1784
With: George Rodney
Succeeded by
Lord Compton
Fiennes Trotman
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Lucan
Succeeded by
Richard Bingham
Baron Lucan
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
John Bingham
(of Castlebar)
Succeeded by
Richard Bingham