Henry Reynolds-Moreton, 3rd Earl of Ducie

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The Earl of Ducie

Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
In office
28 June 1859 – 26 June 1866
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Palmerston
The Earl Russell
Preceded byThe Lord de Ros
Succeeded byThe Earl Cadogan
Personal details
Born25 June 1827
Died28 October 1921 (1921-10-29) (aged 94)
Political partyLiberal Party
Spouse(s)Julia Langston (d. 1895)

Henry John Reynolds-Moreton, 3rd Earl of Ducie GCVO PC JP FRS (25 June 1827 – 28 October 1921), styled Lord Moreton between 1840 and 1853, was a British courtier and Liberal Party politician. He notably served as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard from 1859 to 1866. A member of the House of Lords for 68 years, he was Father of the House of Lords between 1913 and his death in 1921.

Background and education[edit]

Moreton was the eldest son of Henry Reynolds-Moreton, 2nd Earl of Ducie, and his wife, Elizabeth Dutton, daughter of John Dutton, 2nd Baron Sherborne. He was educated at Eton.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1852, Moreton entered Parliament as Member of Parliament (MP) for Stroud.[2] The following year he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. In 1859 he was admitted to the Privy Council[3] and appointed Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard under Lord Palmerston,[4] a post he held until the government fell in 1866, the last year under the premiership of Lord Russell.[5] In 1913 he became Father of the House of Lords as the longest-serving member of that body.

Apart from his political career, Lord Ducie was Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire between 1857 and 1911 and Lord Warden of the Stannaries between 1888 and 1908.[1] In 1906 he was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.[6]


Lord Ducie married his first cousin, Julia Langston, daughter of James Langston, MP, on 24 May 1849. They had two children:

The Countess of Ducie died in February 1895 and Lord Ducie remained a widower until his death in October 1921, aged 94. As his only son had predeceased him, Lord Ducie's titles passed to his younger brother, Berkeley Moreton, 4th Earl of Ducie.[1]

Tortworth Court[edit]

Between 1848 and 1853 he had Tortworth Court built where he then lived. During his long life he spent much time acquiring unusual and exotic plants from around the world to plant in the grounds of Tortworth Court. Many of the plants remain and the grounds now comprises one of the great arboretums of England.

Literary efforts[edit]

In 1872, a short article by the third earl entitled Crocodile shooting was published in Land and Water. It is available online through the Open Library.[7]


Coat of arms of Henry Reynolds-Moreton, 3rd Earl of Ducie
Earl of Ducie COA.svg
A Coronet of an Earl
A Moorcock's Head Or combed and wattled Gules between two Wings displayed Azure
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Argent a Chevron Gules between three Square Buckles Sable (Moreton); 2nd and 3rd, Or two Lions passant guardant Gules (Ducie)
On either side a Unicorn Argent armed unguled maned and tufted Or, each gorged with a Ducal Coronet per pale Gold and Gules
Perseverando (By persevering)


  1. ^ a b c thepeerage.com Henry John Reynolds-Moreton, 3rd Earl of Ducie
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)
  3. ^ "No. 22283". The London Gazette. 8 July 1859. p. 2628.
  4. ^ "No. 22281". The London Gazette. 1 July 1859. p. 2550.
  5. ^ "No. 23137". The London Gazette. 13 July 1866. p. 3984.
  6. ^ "No. 27913". The London Gazette. 15 May 1906. p. 3325.
  7. ^ Ducie, Henry John Moreton Earl of (1800), Crocodile shooting, [London s.n, retrieved 3 October 2013

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Julius Poulett Scrope
William Stanton
Member of Parliament for Stroud
1852 – 1853
With: George Julius Poulett Scrope
Succeeded by
George Julius Poulett Scrope
Edward Horsman
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord de Ros
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Succeeded by
The Earl Cadogan
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl FitzHardinge
Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
Succeeded by
The Earl Beauchamp
Preceded by
The Earl Nelson
Father of the House of Lords
Succeeded by
The Earl of Coventry
Preceded by
The Viscount Portman
Lord Warden of the Stannaries
Succeeded by
The Lord Balfour of Burleigh
Preceded by
The Duke of Rutland
Senior Privy Counsellor
With: The Earl Spencer (1906–1910)
Succeeded by
The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Reynolds-Moreton
Earl of Ducie
Succeeded by
Berkeley Moreton