Gerard Noel (politician)

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The Right Honourable
Gerard Noel
Gerard Noel Vanity Fair 18 March 1871.jpg
First Commissioner of Works
In office
14 August 1876 – 21 April 1880
Monarch Victoria of the United Kingdom
Prime Minister The Earl of Beaconsfield
Preceded by Lord Henry Lennox
Succeeded by William Patrick Adam
Personal details
Born 28 August 1823 (1823-08-28)
Died 19 May 1911 (1911-05-20) (aged 87)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Augusta Lowther (d. 1916)

Gerard James Noel PC, DL, JP (28 August 1823 – 19 May 1911), styled The Honourable Gerard Noel from birth, was a British Conservative politician.


Noel was the son of Charles Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough and his third wife, Arabella, daughter of Sir James Hamlyn-Williams, 2nd Baronet.[1]

Political career[edit]

Noel was elected Member of Parliament for Rutland in 1847.[2] He served under Lord Derby and then Benjamin Disraeli as a Lord of the Treasury from 1866 until 1868 and then briefly under Disraeli as Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury between November 1868 and the fall of the Conservative government in December of the same year. After the Conservatives returned to power in 1874 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[3] From 1876 until 1880 Noel served under Disraeli (then known as the Earl of Beaconsfield) as First Commissioner of Works. In 1883 he resigned from his seat in parliament through appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds. Apart from his political career Noel was also a Captain in the 11th Hussars and a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Rutland.[1]


Noel married Augusta Mary, daughter of Henry Cecil Lowther, on 30 June 1863.[4] At his home, Catmose, in Oakham, Rutland, he developed a fine garden which employed 15 gardeners. The range of trees in his arboretum was claimed to rival Kew Gardens.[citation needed] Noel died in May 1911, aged 87. Augusta Noel died in January 1916.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bt
George Finch
Member of Parliament for Rutland
With: Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bt 1847–1856<
Gilbert Heathcote 1856–1867
George Finch 1867–1883
Succeeded by
George Finch
James Lowther
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Edward Taylor
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
George Glyn
Preceded by
Lord Henry Lennox
First Commissioner of Works
Succeeded by
William Patrick Adam