Richard Bingham, 2nd Earl of Lucan

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Richard, 2nd Earl of Lucan (Adélaïde-Félicité Hoguer, 1819)

Richard Bingham, 2nd Earl of Lucan (4 December 1764 – 30 June 1839),[1] styled The Honourable from 1776 to 1795 and subsequently Lord Bingham until 1799, was an Irish peer and Tory politician.


He was the only son of Charles Bingham, 1st Earl of Lucan, and his wife Margaret Smith, daughter of Sir James Smith.[2] Bingham was educated at The Royal College of St Peter in Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford.[3] In 1799, he succeeded his father as earl.[4]


Bingham entered the British House of Commons for St Albans in 1790, representing the constituency until 1800.[5] After the Act of Union in the following year, he sat as representative peer in the House of Lords from 1802 until his death in 1839.[6]


On 26 May 1794, he married Lady Elizabeth Belasyse, third daughter of Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg and former wife of Bernard Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk, and had by her five daughters and two sons.[7] They separated in 1804. Bingham died, aged 74 at his residence at Serpentine Terrace, Knightsbridge[6] and was succeeded in his titles by his older son George.[8] His second son Richard Camden Bingham was a diplomat.[6] His eldest daughter, Elizabeth, married George Harcourt.


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  2. ^ Lodge, John (1789). Mervyn Archdall (ed.). The Peerage of Ireland or A Genealogical History of the Present Nobility of that Kingdom. vol. ViI. Dublin: James Moore. pp. 107–108.
  3. ^ "ThePeerage - Richard Bingham, 2nd Earl of Lucan". Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  4. ^ Lodge, Edmund (1838). The Genealogy of the Existing British Peerage (6th ed.). London: Saunder and Otley. p. 309.
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, St Albans". Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  6. ^ a b c Sylvanus, Urban (1839). The Gentleman's Magazine. part II. London: William Pickering; John Bowyer Nichols and Son. p. 310.
  7. ^ Debrett, John (1828). Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. II (17th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. pp. 712–713.
  8. ^ Lodge, Edmund (1859). The Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (28th ed.). London: Hurst and Blackett. p. 373.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Charles Sloper
Hon. William Grimston
Member of Parliament for St Albans
1790 – 1800
With: John Calvert 1790–1796
Thomas Skip Dyot Bucknall 1796–1800
Succeeded by
William Stephen Poyntz
Thomas Skip Dyot Bucknall
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Charles Bingham
Earl of Lucan
Succeeded by
George Bingham