Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 1st Baron Sudeley

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Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 1st Baron Sudeley
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Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 1st Baron Sudeley by Daniel Macdonald
Born 28 December 1778
Died 10 February 1858
Residence Toddington Manor
Gregynog Hall
Education Rugby School
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation Aristocrat, politician
Political party Whigs
Spouse(s) Henrietta Susanna Tracy
Children 3
Parent(s) John Hanbury

Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 1st Baron Sudeley (28 December 1778 – 10 February 1858), known as Charles Hanbury until 1798 and as Charles Hanbury Tracy from 1798 to 1838, was a British Whig politician.

Early life[edit]

Hanbury-Tracy was born on 28 December 1778. He was the third son of John Hanbury of Pontypool Park in Monmouthshire. The family derived its wealth from its ownership of the Pontypool Ironworks. He was educated at Rugby School (1790) and matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 1 February 1796.


Hanbury-Tracy was appointed High Sheriff of Gloucestershire for 1800–01 and High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire for 1804–05. He was elected to the House of Commons for Tewkesbury in 1807 in the Whig interest, a seat he held until 1812 and again from 1832 to 1837.

Hanbury-Tracy served as the Chairman of the Commission to judge the designs for the new Houses of Parliament in 1835. In 1838 Hanbury-Tracy was raised to the peerage as Baron Sudeley, of Toddington in the County of Gloucester.[1] He later served as Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire between 1848 and 1858.

Personal life and death[edit]

Hanbury-Tracy married his cousin the Hon. Henrietta Susanna Tracy, only child and heiress of Henry Leigh Tracy, 8th and last Viscount Tracy by Susannah Weaver, on 29 December 1798. Five days before the marriage he assumed by Royal licence the additional surname of Tracy. Through this marriage the ancient estate of Toddington Manor in Gloucestershire came into the Hanbury family. Lord Sudeley at first had the original house renovated, but later constructed a new house in Gothic style nearby. Later still in the 1840s he was responsible for the rebuilding of Gregynog Hall in Montgomeryshire. Lady Sudeley died on 5 June 1839. Lord Sudeley survived her by 19 years and died in February 1858, aged 79. He was succeeded in the barony by his son Thomas, who also succeeded him as Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire. Sudeley's younger son the Honourable Henry was a politician. They had issue:

Hanbury-Tracy died on 10 February 1858.


  1. ^ "No. 19629". The London Gazette. 26 June 1838. p. 1445. 


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Martin
Christopher Bethell-Codrington
Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury
With: Christopher Bethell-Codrington
Succeeded by
John Edmund Dowdeswell
John Martin
Preceded by
John Edmund Dowdeswell
John Martin
Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury
With: John Edmund Dowdeswell 1832
John Martin 1832–1835
William Dowdeswell 1835–1837
Succeeded by
William Dowdeswell
John Martin
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Powis
Lord-Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire
Succeeded by
The Lord Sudeley
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Sudeley
Succeeded by
Thomas Charles Hanbury-Tracy