Ernest Edgcumbe, 3rd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe

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Ernest Augustus Edgcumbe, 3rd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (23 March 1797 – 3 September 1861), styled Viscount Valletort between 1818 and 1837, was a British peer and politician.


Mount Edgcumbe was the second but eldest surviving son of Richard Edgcumbe, 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, and Lady Sophia, daughter of John Hobart, 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire.[1] He gained the courtesy title Viscount Valletort on the death of his elder brother, William Edgcumbe, Viscount Valletort, in 1818.

Political career[edit]

Mount Edgcumbe was returned to Parliament for Fowey in 1819 (succeeding his deceased elder brother Lord Valletort), a seat he held until 1826,[2] and then represented Lostwithiel until 1830.[3] In 1837 he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.


Lord Mount Edgcumbe married Caroline Augusta, daughter of Rear-Admiral Charles Feilding, in 1831. She was a half-sister of Henry Fox Talbot. He died in September 1861, aged 64, and was succeeded in the earldom by his son, William. Lady Mount Edgcumbe survived him by 20 years and died November 1881.[4]


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 1135 § 11350". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
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  4. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 1135 § 11350". The Peerage. [unreliable source]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alexander Glynn Campbell
Member of Parliament for Fowey
With: Alexander Glynn Campbell 1819–1820
George Lucy 1820–1826
Succeeded by
George Lucy
Hon. Robert Eden
Preceded by
Sir Robert Wigram
Sir Alexander Grant, Bt
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
With: Sir Alexander Grant, Bt 1826
Sir Edward Cust, Bt 1826–1830
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Cust, Bt
Hon. William Vesey-FitzGerald
Preceded by
Gibbs Crawfurd Antrobus
Sir Charles Wetherell
Member of Parliament for Plympton Erle
With: Gibbs Crawfurd Antrobus
Succeeded by
Gibbs Crawfurd Antrobus
Sir Compton Domvile
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Edgcumbe
Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
Succeeded by
William Henry Edgcumbe