James Stopford, 3rd Earl of Courtown

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Courtown
KP PC
Treasurer of the Household
In office
1793–1806
Preceded by James Stopford, 2nd Earl of Courtown
Succeeded by The Lord Ossulton
In office
1807–1812
Preceded by The Lord Ossulton
Succeeded by Viscount Jocelyn

James George Stopford, 3rd Earl of Courtown KP, PC (15 August 1765 – 15 June 1835), known as Viscount Stopford from 1770 to 1810, was an Anglo-Irish peer and Tory politician.

Courtown was the eldest son of James Stopford, 2nd Earl of Courtown, and his wife Mary (née Powys). Educated at Eton College, he served with the Coldstream Guards and achieved the rank of Captain.

In 1790, he was elected to the House of Commons for Great Bedwyn, a seat he held until 1796 and again from 1806 to 1807. He also represented Lanark from 1796 to 1802, Dumfries from 1803 to 1806 and Marlborough from 1807 to 1810. In 1793, he succeeded his father as Treasurer of the Household in the government of William Pitt the Younger, a post he held until 1806 (from 1801 to 1804 under the Premiership of Henry Addington), and again from 1807 to 1812 under the Duke of Portland and Spencer Perceval.[1]

Courtown succeeded his father in the earldom 1810 and held office in the House of Lords as Captain of the Honourable Band of Gentlemen Pensioners under the Earl of Liverpool between 1812 and 1827 and as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard under Sir Robert Peel in 1835. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1793 and made a Knight of the Order of St Patrick in 1821.

Lord Courtown married Lady Mary, daughter of Henry Scott, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch and Lady Elizabeth Montagu, in 1791. They had five sons and one daughter. The two eldest sons died as infants. Their fifth and youngest son the Hon. Sir Montagu Stopford (1798–1864) was a Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy and the grandfather of General Sir Montagu George North Stopford. Lady Courtown died in April 1823, aged 53. Lord Courtown survived her by twelve years and died in June 1835, aged 69. He was succeeded in the earldom by his third but eldest surviving son James.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STOPFORD, James George, Visct. Stopford (1765-1835).". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Marquess of Montrose
John Stuart
Member of Parliament for Great Bedwyn
17901796
With: John Stuart 1790–1792
Edward Hyde East 1792–1796
Succeeded by
Thomas Bruce
John Wodehouse
Preceded by
William Grieve
Member of Parliament for Lanark
(also known as Linlithgow Burghs)

17961801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Lanark
(also known as Linlithgow Burghs)

18011802
Succeeded by
William Dickson
Preceded by
Charles Hope
Member of Parliament for Dumfries Burghs
1803–1806
Succeeded by
Henry Erskine
Preceded by
Sir Robert John Buxton
Sir Nathaniel Holland
Member of Parliament for Great Bedwyn
18061807
With: James Henry Leigh
Succeeded by
James Henry Leigh
Sir Vicary Gibbs
Preceded by
Lord Bruce
Earl of Dalkeith
Member of Parliament for Marlborough
1807–1810
With: Lord Bruce
Succeeded by
Lord Bruce
Edward Stopford
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Courtown
Treasurer of the Household
1793–1806
Succeeded by
Lord Ossulston
Preceded by
Lord Ossulston
Treasurer of the Household
1807–1812
Succeeded by
Viscount Jocelyn
Preceded by
The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
Captain of the Honourable Band of Gentlemen Pensioners
1812–1827
Succeeded by
The Viscount Hereford
Preceded by
The Earl of Gosford
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1835
Succeeded by
The Earl of Gosford
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
James Stopford
Earl of Courtown
1810–1835
Succeeded by
James Thomas Stopford