George Percy, 5th Duke of Northumberland

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His Grace
The Duke of Northumberland
5th Duke of Northumberland cropped.jpg
Carte de visite of the Duke of Northumberland,
ca. 1860.
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
In office
15 January 1842 – June 1846
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Preceded by The Marquess of Lothian
Succeeded by The Viscount Falkland
Personal details
Born 22 June 1778 (1778-06-22)
Died 22 August 1867 (1867-08-23)
Nationality British
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Louisa Stuart-Wortley
(d. 1848)

George Percy, 5th Duke of Northumberland PC (22 June 1778 – 22 August 1867), styled Lord Lovaine between 1790 and 1830 and known as The Earl of Beverley between 1830 and 1865, was a British Tory politician. He served as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard under Sir Robert Peel between 1842 and 1846. He succeeded to the title on 12 February 1865, after the death of Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland whose wife Eleanor Percy, Duchess of Northumberland had borne no children.


Born in London, he was the eldest son of Algernon Percy, 1st Earl of Beverley, second son of Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland.[1] His mother was Susan Isabella, daughter of Peter Burrell, while Algernon Percy, The Right Reverend Hugh Percy (Bishop of Rochester and Carlisle), Josceline Percy and William Henry Percy were his younger brothers.[2] He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, graduating with a Master of Arts in 1799.[3]

Political career[edit]

Northumberland was returned to parliament for the rotten borough of Bere Alston in 1799, a seat he held until 1830,[4] when he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. From 1804, he served as a Lord of the Treasury for the next two years.[1] He was sworn of the Privy Council in January 1842[5] and was appointed Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard (Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords[citation needed]) by Sir Robert Peel,[6] a post he held until the government fell in 1846. In February 1865, at the age of 86, he succeeded his cousin as fifth Duke of Northumberland.

Northumberland was also a president of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.[7]


Northumberland married the Hon.Louisa, third daughter of James Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, on 22 June 1801. They had five children:[dubious ]

Louisa, Countess of Beverley, died in June 1848. Northumberland survived her by 19 years and died in August 1867, aged 89. He was buried in the Northumberland Vault, within Westminster Abbey,[9] and was succeeded in the dukedom by his eldest surviving son, Algernon.[2]


  1. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. pp. 117–118. 
  2. ^ a b George Percy, 5th Duke of Northumberland
  3. ^ "Percy, George (Lord Lovaine) (PRCY797GL)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ House of Commons: Bedford to Berwick upon Tweed
  5. ^ "no. 20061". The London Gazette. 18 January 1842. p. 113. 
  6. ^ "no. 20061". The London Gazette. 18 January 1842. p. 116. 
  7. ^ . The Yearbook of Facts in Science and Art 1861, pp.267-268
  8. ^ a b c Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland - Westminster Abbey
  9. ^ Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland - Westminster Abbey

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Mitford
William Mitford
Member of Parliament for Bere Alston
1799 – 1801
With: William Mitford
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Bere Alston
With: William Mitford 1801–1806
Hon. Josceline Percy 1806–1820
Henry Percy 1820–1825
Percy Ashburnham 1825–1830
Christopher Blackett 1830
Succeeded by
Christopher Blackett
David Lyon
Political offices
Preceded by
The Marquess of Lothian
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1842 – 1846
Succeeded by
The Viscount Falkland
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Algernon Percy
Duke of Northumberland
1865 – 1867
Succeeded by
Algernon George Percy
Preceded by
Algernon Percy
Earl of Beverley
1830 – 1867