Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield

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Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield (10 November 1781 – July 1835), styled The Honourable Edward Harbord between 1786 and 1821, was a British radical politician, anti-slavery campaigner and prison reformer.

Harbord was the second son of Harbord Harbord, 1st Baron Suffield, and Mary Assheton, daughter of Sir Ralph Assheton, 3rd Baronet. William Harbord, 2nd Baron Suffield, was his elder brother.[1] He was returned to Parliament for Great Yarmouth in 1806, a seat he held until 1812.[2] In 1819 he outraged his family be declaring himself a "Liberal" at a public meeting held at Norwich to petition for an inquiry into the "Peterloo massacre". In 1820 he returned to the House of Commons as one of two representatives for Shaftesbury.[3] The following year he succeeded his elder brother in the barony. He was active in the House of Lords for the Whigs, especially in advocating for the abolition of the slave trade.

Lord Suffield married firstly Georgiana Vernon, daughter of George Venables-Vernon, 2nd Baron Vernon, in 1809. After Lady Suffield's death in September 1824 Lord Suffield married as his second wife Emily Harriet Shirley, daughter of Evelyn Shirley, in 1826. There were children from both marriages. Lord Suffield died at his London home, Vernon House, Park Place, St James's, in July 1835, aged 53, after a fall from his horse on Constitution Hill on 30 June, and was buried at Gunton, Norfolk.[4] He was succeeded by his son from his first marriage, Edward. Lady Suffield died in January 1881.[1]


  1. ^ a b thepeerage.com Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part number)
  4. ^ The Complete Peerage, Volume XII. St Catherine's Press. 1953. p. 426.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Troubridge, Bt
Thomas Jervis
Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth
With: Stephen Lushington 1806–1808
Giffin Wilson 1808–1812
Succeeded by
Edmund Knowles Lacon
William Loftus
Preceded by
John Bacon Sawrey Morritt
Henry John Shepherd
Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury
With: Abraham Moore
Succeeded by
Abraham Moore
Ralph Leycester
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Harbord
Baron Suffield
Succeeded by
Edward Vernon Harbord