Richard Handcock, 4th Baron Castlemaine

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Richard Handcock, 4th Baron Castlemaine (25 July 1826 – 26 April 1892),[1] styled The Honourable from 1840 to 1869, was an Irish peer.

Born at Athlone, he was the oldest son of Richard Handcock, 3rd Baron Castlemaine and his wife Margaret Harris, daughter of Michael Harris.[2] In 1869, he succeeded his father as baron.[3] Handcock entered the British Army as ensign in 1844, was promoted to lieutenant two years later and served eventually as captain of the 41st (Welsh) Regiment of Foot from 1852.[4] In 1874, he was elected a representative peer to the House of Lords.[5] A former Deputy Lieutenant of that county,[3] he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Westmeath in 1889, a post he held until his death in 1892.[6]

On 10 February 1857, he married Hon. Louisa Matilda Harris, only daughter of William Harris, 2nd Baron Harris at Holy Trinity Brompton Church.[2] They had five daughters and three sons.[2] Handcock died from heart disease at Moydrum Castle[2] and was succeeded in the barony successively by his second son Albert and his third son Robert.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "ThePeerage - Richard Handcock, 4th Baron Castlemaine of Moydrum". Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Debrett, John (1876). Debrett's Illustrated Peerage and Titles of Courtesy. London: Dean & Son. p. 90. 
  4. ^ Hart, H. G. (1853). The New Annual Army List. London: John Murray. p. 192. 
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Irish Representative Peers". Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Institute of Historical Research - Lieutenants and Lords-Lieutenants (Ireland) from 1831". Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Benjamin Chapman, 4th Bt
Lord Lieutenant of Westmeath
Succeeded by
Francis Travers Dames-Longworth
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard Handcock
Baron Castlemaine
Succeeded by
Albert Handcock