Henry Tufton, 11th Earl of Thanet

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Henry James Tufton, 11th Earl of Thanet (2 January 1775 – 12 June 1849) was a peer in the peerage of England and a noted English cricketer of the 1790s.

Arms of the Earls of Thanet

Biography[edit]

Henry Tufton belonged to an aristocratic family that was prominent in cricketing and other sporting circles. His parents were Sackville Tufton, 8th Earl of Thanet (1733–1786), and Mary Sackville (1746–1778), who was the daughter of Lord John Philip Sackville and the sister of John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset. Sackville and Dorset were famous patrons of Kent cricket. One of Tufton's older brothers was the Honourable John Tufton (1773–1799), who was also a noted amateur cricketer. Henry Tufton succeeded his elder brother Charles Tufton, 10th Earl of Thanet as 11th Earl of Thanet in April 1832. He served as hereditary High Sheriff of Westmorland from 1832 until his own death. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochester 1796–1802, for Appleby 1826–1832. He was Lord Lieutenant of Kent 1841-1846.[1]

Cricket career[edit]

Tufton was a wicketkeeper-batsman who is believed to have been right-handed and made his debut in important matches for Surrey and Sussex in a game against All-England at the original Lord's Cricket Ground in June 1793. Arthur Haygarth in Scores and Biographies said of Tufton that he "was a successful batsman and wicket-keeper during his short career, which terminated when he was only twenty-six years of age. In the match between the Marylebone Club against the Thursday and Montpelier on 13 July 1796, he stumped six and caught two". In all, Henry Tufton played in 77 important matches until July 1801. His final game was for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) versus Homerton Cricket Club at the original Lord's Cricket Ground.

Haygarth adds that when Tufton "was travelling in France in 1803, he was seized on Napoleon's orders (along with the rest of the English) as a prisoner; nor did he on his return to England resume the game [of cricket]. He was at one time member of Parliament for Rochester".

Private life[edit]

Henry Tufton did not marry and was the last of the Earls of Thanet. He was buried in the family vault at Rainham Church in Kent. Haygarth says he had no monument and only an inscription on his coffin that stated in 1849:

HENRY TUFTON,
Earl of Thanet,
Hereditary High Sheriff of the county of Westmorland,
Late Lord Lieutenant of Kent,
Died June 12, 1849
IN THE 75TH YEAR OF HIS AGE

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Best
Sir Richard King, Bt
Member of Parliament for Rochester
17961800
With: Sir Richard King, Bt
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Rochester
18011802
With: Sir Richard King, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Sidney Smith
James Hulkes
Preceded by
Adolphus Dalrymple
Thomas Creevey
Member of Parliament for Appleby
18261832
With: Viscount Maitland
Succeeded by
Charles Henry Barham
Viscount Maitland
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Thanet
High Sheriff of Westmorland
1832–1849
Succeeded by
George Edward Wilson
Preceded by
The Marquess Camden
Lord Lieutenant of Kent
1840–1846
Succeeded by
The Earl Cowper
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Tufton
Earl of Thanet
1832–1849
Extinct