Henry Fox-Strangways, 5th Earl of Ilchester
|The Right Honourable
The Earl of Ilchester
|Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms|
1 January 1874 – 17 February 1874
|Prime Minister||William Ewart Gladstone|
|Preceded by||The Earl Cowper|
|Succeeded by||The Marquess of Exeter|
|Born||13 February 1847|
|Died||6 December 1905 (aged 58)|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Mary Dawson
Henry Edward Fox-Strangways, 5th Earl of Ilchester PC (13 February 1847 – 6 December 1905), known as Henry Fox-Strangways until 1865, was a British peer and Liberal politician. He served as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms under William Ewart Gladstone between January and February 1874.
Background and education
Ilchester was the son of Hon. John Fox-Strangways, fourth son of Henry Thomas Fox-Strangways, 2nd Earl of Ilchester. His mother was Amelia Marjoribanks, daughter of Edward Marjoribanks. He was educated at Eton.
Lord Ilchester succeeded his uncle in the earldom of Ilchester in 1865 and was able to take his seat in the House of Lords on his 21st birthday in 1868. In January 1874, at the age of only 26, he was appointed Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms in the Liberal administration of William Ewart Gladstone, a post he held until the government fell the following month. He was admitted to the Privy Council in February of that year. Lord Ilchester never held political office again but served as Lord Lieutenant of Dorset from 1885 to 1905.
Lord Ilchester married Lady Mary Eleanor Anne Dawson, daughter of Richard Dawson, 1st Earl of Dartrey, in 1872. In 1874 he inherited the Holland House estate in London from a distant cousin in the Holland barony. He died in December 1905, aged 58, and was buried in the family vault at Melbury Osmond, Dorset. He was succeeded in his titles by his son, Giles. Lady Ilchester died in 1935.
The Earl Cowper
|Captain of the Honourable Corps of
The Marquess of Exeter
The Earl of Shaftesbury
|Lord Lieutenant of Dorset
John Mount Batten
|Peerage of Great Britain|
|Earl of Ilchester