George Perceval, 6th Earl of Egmont

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George James Perceval, later 6th Earl of Egmont (1794-1874) (George Francis Joseph)

Admiral George James Perceval, 6th Earl of Egmont (14 March 1794 – 2 August 1874), known as the Lord Arden between 1840 and 1841, was a British naval commander and Tory politician.

Background[edit]

Egmont was the third but eldest surviving son of Charles Perceval, 2nd Baron Arden, eldest son of John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont, by his second wife Catherine, Baroness Arden. Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was his uncle.

Naval career[edit]

Egmont left Harrow school and was commissioned into the Royal Navy as a powder monkey in August 1805 and fought in the H. M. S. Orion in the Battle of Trafalgar the same year, aged eleven.[1] During the Bombardment of Algiers in 1816 he commanded the H. M. S. Infernal. He was promoted to rear-admiral on 27 August 1851,[2] to vice-admiral in 1857 and to admiral in 1863.

Political career[edit]

Egmont was returned to Parliament as one of two representatives for Surrey West in 1837, a seat he held until 1840. The latter year he succeeded his father in the barony of Arden and entered the House of Lords. The following year he also succeeded his half-first cousin once removed, Henry, as sixth Earl of Egmont.

The wills of the 4th and 5th Earls of Egmont were not proven until 1857, after the death of the family solicitor Sir Edward Tierney, by Tierney's son-in-law Sir William Darell. The 6th Earl contested the 5th Earl's will in 1863, on the grounds that Tierney had taken advantage of the 5th Earl's drunkenness to provide a misleading valuation of the estates which influenced the drafting of the will. The 6th Earl ultimately settled out of court with Darell, paying £125,000 for the return of the family estates in Churchtown, County Cork; Tierney and his heirs had realized an estimated £300,000 for their stewardship.[3]

Family[edit]

Lord Egmont married Jane, daughter of John Hornby, in 1819. They had no children. Lady Egmont died in October 1870. Lord Egmont survived her by four years and died in August 1874, aged 80. He was succeeded in the earldom by his nephew, Charles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battle of Trafalgar 'powder monkey' medals go on sale". Daily Telegraph. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "No. 21240". The London Gazette. 29 August 1851. p. 2206. 
  3. ^ Spencer, Howard (2009). "PERCEVAL, Henry Frederick John James, Visct. Perceval (1796-1841)". In Fisher, David. The House of Commons 1820-1832. The History of Parliament Trust. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Barclay
William Denison
Member of Parliament for Surrey West
1837–1840
With: William Denison
Succeeded by
John Trotter
William Denison
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Henry Perceval
Earl of Egmont
1841–1874
Succeeded by
Charles George Perceval
Preceded by
Charles George Perceval
Baron Arden
1840–1874