Henry Vane, 2nd Earl of Darlington

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The Earl of Darlington.

Henry Vane, 2nd Earl of Darlington (1726 – 8 September 1792) was a British peer. [1]

He was the son of the 1st Earl of Darlington and educated at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating with a MA on 3 July 1749.

He joined the Army as an Ensign in the 1st Foot Guards in 1745, rising to Lieut-colonel in 1750. He retired from the army in June 1758, having succeeded as 2nd Earl of Darlington on the death of his father. He was then appointed Lord Lieutenant of County Durham from 1758-death, Governor of Carlisle from 1763-death and Master of the Jewel Office from 1763-82.

From 1749 to 1753 he was Whig Member of Parliament (MP) for Downton and from 1753 to 1758 for County Durham.[2]

He married Margaret Lowther, a daughter of Robert Lowther, the Governor of Barbados, on 19 March 1757 in London. They had three children:

Henry died in 1792 at Raby Castle and was buried there. He was succeeded by his only son William Harry Vane, 3rd Earl of Darlington, who was later made Duke of Cleveland.


  1. ^ "VANE, Henry, Visct. Barnard (?1726-92).". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Stockton & Darlington Railway
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Proctor
Richard Temple
Member of Parliament for Downton
With: George Proctor 1749–1751
Thomas Duncombe 1751–1753
Succeeded by
Thomas Duncombe
James Hayes
Preceded by
George Bowes
The Hon. Henry Vane
Member of Parliament for County Durham
With: George Bowes
Succeeded by
George Bowes
The Hon. Raby Vane
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Lyttleton
Master of the Jewel Office
Succeeded by
Post abolished
Military offices
Preceded by
John Stanwix
Governor of Carlisle
Succeeded by
Montgomery Agnew
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Darlington
Lord Lieutenant of Durham
Succeeded by
The Earl of Darlington
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Vane
Earl of Darlington
Succeeded by
William Vane