Philip Sherard, 2nd Earl of Harborough

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Painting of Philip Sherard, 2nd Earl of Harborough by Frans van Stampart

Philip Sherard, 2nd Earl of Harborough (1680 – 20 July 1750) was a British peer.

He was appointed a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to Queen Anne in 1705. In 1708, he was returned as Member of Parliament for Rutland, holding the seat until 1710. In 1714, his appointment as Gentleman of the Privy Chamber was renewed by George I. He was appointed deputy lieutenant of Rutland in 1715. Sherard succeeded his cousin Bennet Sherard, 1st Earl of Harborough to the earldom in 1732, and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Rutland in 1733. In 1744, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Lincolnshire.[1]

He married Anne Pedley, by whom :

  • Bennet Sherard, 3rd Earl of Harborough (1709–1770)
  • Hon. John Sherard (d. 27 August 1746), unmarried, barrister, lieutenant of the Yeomen of the Guard
  • Rev. Robert Sherard, 4th Earl of Harborough (1719–1799)
  • Lt. Hon. Daniel Sherard, RN (17 June 1722 – June 1744)
  • Lt-Gen. Philip Sherard (British Army officer)|Philip Sherard (1 March 1726/7 – 14 September 1790), unmarried
  • Lady Dorothy Sherard, married Rev. James Torkington, and had issue
  • Lady Lucy Sherard (d. 29 April 1781), unmarried
  • Lady Susan Sherard (d. December 1765), unmarried
  • Lady Ursula Sherard (d. September 1745), unmarried

Upon his death in 1750, he was succeeded by Bennet Sherard, 3rd Earl of Harborough.

The memorial to Philip Sherard, 2nd Earl of Harborough, (middle) in St Mary Magdalene's Church, Stapleford


  1. ^ Doyle, James William Edmund (1886). The Official Baronage of England, v. 2. London: Longmans, Green. p. 108.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Halford
Sir Thomas Mackworth
Member of Parliament for Rutland
Succeeded by
Lord Finch
John Noel
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Bennet Sherard
Lord Lieutenant of Rutland
Succeeded by
Lord Burghley
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Bennet Sherard
Earl of Harborough
Succeeded by
Bennet Sherard