John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Lisburne

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John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Lisburne (3 May 1769 – 18 May 1831), known as the Honourable John Vaughan until 1820, was a British soldier and Member of Parliament for Cardigan Boroughs.

Lisburne was the younger son of Wilmot Vaughan, 1st Earl of Lisburne.[1] He served in the Army, transferring from the 87th Foot to the 58th Foot as a Captain in 1795, and being promoted to Major the next month and Lieutenant-Colonel later the same year. He eventually achieved the rank of Colonel.

Political career[edit]

In 1795, he sought election to the House of Commons for Berwick, but withdrew when he faced a contest which the family could not afford.[1] In the following year, Vaughan's father gave uo the Cardiganshire county seat to Thomas Johnes, who had been his ally in county politics since 1774.[2] As part of this arrangement, Vaughan was elected unopposed for the Cardigan Boroughs constituency.

In 1812, he was opposed by Herbert Evans of Higmead, who was supported by several landed families. Vaughan won by eighty votes but immediately after the result was announced, Evans alleged that the return was irregular and illegal.[3]

By the end of his parliamentary career, Vaughan was heavily in debt. In 1816, Pryse Pryse of Gogerddan withdrew from a contest for the Cardiganshire county constituency on the understanding that he would receive support s a candidate for the boroughs seat at the next election.[1] When an election was called two years later, Vaughan withdrew rather than face a contest. To compound matters he also failed to obtain the post of Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire.[1]

Personal life[edit]

On 6 May 1820, Vaughan succeeded his half-brother in the earldom.[1] But as this was an Irish peerage it did not entitle him to a seat in the House of Lords.

Lord Lisburne married Lucy, daughter of William Courtenay, 2nd Viscount Courtenay, in 1798. He died in May 1831, aged 62, and was succeeded in his titles by his son Ernest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Thorne, R.G. "Hon. John Vaughan". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  2. ^ Thorne, R.G. "Cardiganshire". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Cardigan". Carmarthen Journal. 31 October 1812. p. 3. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Campbell
Member of Parliament for Cardigan Boroughs
17961800
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Cardigan Boroughs
18011818
Succeeded by
Pryse Pryse
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Wilmot Vaughan
Earl of Lisburne
1820–1831
Succeeded by
Ernest Augustus Vaughan