Henry Manners, 8th Duke of Rutland

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His Grace
The Duke of Rutland
Manners - Henry John Brinsley Manners.jpg
The Duke of Rutland by his wife Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland.
Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire
In office
Monarch Victoria
Edward VII
George V
Preceded by The Earl Howe
Succeeded by Sir Arthur Hazlerigg, Bt
Personal details
Born Henry John Brinsley Manners
16 April 1852 (1852-04-16)
Died 8 May 1925 (1925-05-09) (age 73)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Violet Lindsay
Children Marjorie Paget, Marchioness of Anglesey
Robert Manners, Lord Haddon
John Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland
Violet Charteris, Lady Elcho
Diana Cooper, Viscountess Norwich

Henry John Brinsley Manners, 8th Duke of Rutland, KG, TD (16 April 1852 – 8 May 1925), known as Henry Manners until 1888 and styled Marquess of Granby until 1906, was a British peer and Conservative politician.


Rutland was the only child of John Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland, by his first wife Catherine Louisa Georgina, daughter of Colonel George Marley. His mother died just before his second birthday. He had four half-siblings from his father's second marriage, including Lord Edward Manners and Lord Cecil Manners. He gained the courtesy title of Marquess of Granby in 1888 when his father succeeded his elder brother in the dukedom.[1]


Rutland succeeded his father as Member of Parliament for Melton in 1888, a seat he held until 1895.[2] In 1896 he was summoned to the House of Lords through a writ of acceleration in his father's junior title of Baron Manners.[3] In 1906 he succeeded his father as eighth Duke of Rutland. He was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment in 1897.[4] He served as Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire from November 1900[5] until his death in 1925,[6] and was also President of the North British Academy of Arts at its inauguration and for many years.[citation needed] In 1918 he was made a Knight of the Garter.[7]


Rutland's oldest daughter, Lady Victoria Marjorie Harriet Manners.

Rutland married Violet, daughter of Colonel the Hon. Charles Lindsay, on 25 November 1882. They had five children:

Rutland died in May 1925, aged 73, and was succeeded in the dukedom by his second and only surviving son, John. The Duchess of Rutland died in December 1937, aged 81.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d thepeerage.com Henry John Brinsley Manners, 8th Duke of Rutland
  2. ^ leighrayment.com House of Commons: Mayo to Minehead
  3. ^ "no. 26747". The London Gazette. 9 June 1896. p. 3381. 
  4. ^ 4th Bn Leicester Regt at Regiments.org
  5. ^ "no. 27245". The London Gazette. 9 November 1900. p. 6854. 
  6. ^ leighrayment.com Peerage: Rosser to Ryder of Wensum
  7. ^ "no. 30723". The London Gazette. 31 May 1918. p. 6524. 
  8. ^ Lady Diana herself had revealed that although she was brought up as a daughter of the 8th Duke of Rutland, she was actually fathered by Harry Cust, a Lincolnshire landowner and MP. Cust is also said to have had a relationship with Margaret Thatcher's grandmother, one of his servants. (Khan, Urmee, "Allegra Huston Speaks of the Shock at Discovering She was the Love Child of a Lord", The Daily Telegraph [ Telegraph.co.uk ], 6 April 2009.)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord John Manners
Member of Parliament for Melton
Succeeded by
Lord Edward Manners
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl Howe
Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Hazlerigg, Bt
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sir C. E. Howard Vincent
Chairman of the National Union
of Conservative and Constitutional Associations

Succeeded by
Arthur Hugh Smith-Barry
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Manners
Duke of Rutland
Succeeded by
John Manners
Baron Manners
(writ in acceleration)