Charles Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough

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The Earl of Gainsborough
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Rutland
In office
Serving with Gilbert Heathcote
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Personal details
Born(1818-09-05)5 September 1818
Died13 August 1881(1881-08-13) (aged 62)
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Ida Harriet Augusta
Children2 sons, 3 daughters
MotherElizabeth Grey
FatherCharles Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough
ResidenceFlitteriss Park
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
OccupationAristocrat, politician

Charles George Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough (5 September 1818 – 13 August 1881), styled Viscount Campden between 1841 and 1866, was a British peer and Whig politician.


Gainsborough was the only child of Charles Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough, by his second wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir George Grey, 1st Baronet. His mother died two weeks after he was born. He was the half-brother of Gerard Noel. He was educated privately and at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]


Gainsborough succeeded his uncle William Noel as Member of Parliament for Rutland in 1840, but only held the seat until the following year. He then served a year as High Sheriff of Rutland for 1848. In 1866 he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. The following year he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, which he remained until his death. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Prince Albert's Own Leicestershire Yeomanry from 1879–81, recorded as captain on 12 August 1850.

He and his wife embraced Roman Catholicism on New Year's Day in 1850.[2]


Lord Gainsborough married Ida Harriet Augusta, daughter of William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll and Elizabeth FitzClarence, illegitimate daughter of King William IV, in 1841. The family home was at Flitteriss Park.

They had five children:

Lady Gainsborough died in October 1867. Lord Gainsborough remained a widower until his death in August 1881, aged 62. He was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Charles.

His grandson, Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Noel, was a British spy active in the Caucasus and Caspian area during the Russian Revolution.


  1. ^ "Noel, the Hon. CHarles George (NL836CG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Bence-Jones, Mark, The Catholic Families, Constable: London (1992)
  3. ^ Brown, Janice (21 July 2006). "Lady Blanche Murphy". Retrieved 3 July 2020.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bt
William Noel
Member of Parliament for Rutland
1840 – 1841
With: Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bt
Hon. William Dawnay
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Richard Lucas
High Sheriff of Rutland
Succeeded by
John Thomas Springthorpe
Preceded by
The Marquess of Exeter
Lord Lieutenant of Rutland
1867 – 1881
Succeeded by
The Earl of Dysart
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Noel Noel
Earl of Gainsborough
1866 – 1881
Succeeded by
Charles Noel