Rich Ingram, 5th Viscount of Irvine

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Colonel Rich Ingram, 5th Viscount of Irvine (6 January 1688 – 10 April 1721), was an English peer.


Rich Ingram was the second son of Arthur Ingram, 3rd Viscount of Irvine, by Isabella Machell, daughter of John Machell, Member of Parliament for Horsham, of Hills, Sussex and Helena Warmestry.[1][2] He schooled at Eton College and was admitted Fellow-Commoner at Christ's College, Cambridge, aged 14 in 1703,[3] where his elder brother the 4th Viscount had studied with the Master, John Covel.[4] He was admitted a student at the University of Leyden in September 1704.[5]

He succeeded in the viscountcy in 1714, after his elder brother Edward died from smallpox. This was a Scottish peerage and did not entitle him to a seat in the House of Lords. He was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire the same year, a post he held until 1721.[6] He was also Governor of Kingston-upon-Hull between 1715 and 1721 and a colonel of the 16th Regiment of Foot between 1715 and 1717 and of the 1st Regiment of Dragoon Guards between 1717 and 1721. In 1720 he was appointed Governor of Barbados but died of smallpox before taking up the post.[7]

Lord Irvine married Lady Anne Howard, daughter of Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, in 1717. Their portrait was painted by Jonathan Richardson (the elder, 1667-1745).[8] There were no children from the marriage. He died from smallpox in April 1721, aged 33, and was succeeded by his younger brother, Arthur. The Viscountess of Irvine married as her second husband William Douglas in 1737. She died in December 1764.[7]


  1. ^ The name Rich (as correctly given by Cracroft) refers to the Ingram family descent from Lady Essex Montagu (d.1677), great-granddaughter of Robert Rich, 1st Earl of Warwick. See Cracroft online. The incorrect form 'Richard' was given by J. Peile, Biographical Register of Christ's College, 1505-1905 (Cambridge University Press 2014, original 1913), p. 155, who was copied by J. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses Part I Volume 2 (Cambridge University Press 1922), p. 449.
  2. ^ H.W. Forsyth Harwood, 'Ingram, Viscount Irvine', in J. Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland (David Douglas, Edinburgh 1908), V (1908), pp. 9-20.
  3. ^ J. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part I: The Earliest Times to 1751, Vol. 2 (Cambridge University Press 1922), p. 449.
  4. ^ See Covel's letter of 1702, published by Christ's College archives.
  5. ^ Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses.
  6. ^ J.C. Sainty (1979). List of Lieutenants of Counties of England and Wales 1660-1974. London: Swift Printers (Sales) Ltd. 
  7. ^ a b Irvine, Viscount of (S, 1661 - 1778)[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ See BBC 'Your Paintings' site: original in Temple Newsam House collection, Leeds Museums and Galleries.
Military offices
Preceded by
Hans Hamilton
Colonel of Viscount Irvine's Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
John Cholmley
Preceded by
Richard Sutton
Governor of Kingston-upon-Hull
Succeeded by
Thomas Stanwix
Preceded by
Hon. Henry Lumley
Colonel of The King's Own Regiment of Horse
Succeeded by
The Viscount Cobham
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Leeds
Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
William Pulteney
Custos Rotulorum of the East Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Burlington
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Edward Machel Ingram
Viscount of Irvine
Succeeded by
Arthur Ingram