Robert Carrington, 2nd Baron Carrington
Robert John Carrington, 2nd Baron Carrington FRS (16 January 1796 – 17 March 1868) was a politician and a baron in the Peerage of Great Britain. He was the son of Robert Smith, 1st Baron Carrington, and Anne Boldero-Barnard. He adopted the name "Carrington" in 1839.
Still named Smith, he served as a Member of Parliament for Wendover from 1818. He had succeeded his first cousin Abel Smith on the seat, and served together with his uncle, George Smith. He was succeeded by another of his uncles, Samuel Smith, the father of his predecessor, in 1820.
The same year, he was elected MP for Wycombe, succeeding Sir John Dashwood-King, 4th Bt, and serving with, in turn, Sir Thomas Baring, 2nd Bt (until 1832), Charles Grey (1832–1837) and George Dashwood, later 5th Bt (from 1837) – the latter being the son of Smith's predecessor on the seat. After his father's death in 1838, and on his inheritance of the barony, he was succeeded on the Wycombe seat by his first cousin, George Robert Smith. He was elected to the Royal Society as a Fellow in 1839. Later that year he adopted the name Carrington by Royal Licence.
He held the honorary title of Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire from 1838 until his death in 1868.
He married twice, firstly, in 1822, the Hon. Elizabeth Katherine Weld-Forester (1803–1832), daughter of Cecil Weld-Forester, 1st Baron Forester, and Lady Katherine Mary Manners. They had one daughter. After the death of his first wife (from cholera), he married, secondly, in 1840, the Hon. Charlotte Augusta Annabella Drummond-Willoughby (1815–1879), daughter of Peter Drummond-Burrell, 22nd Baron Willoughby de Eresby, and Lady Sarah Clementina Drummond. They had three sons and two daughters.
|by Elizabeth Katherine Weld-Forester|
|Hon. Cecile Katherine Mary Carrington||died 1907||Married Charles Colville (later 1st Viscount Colville of Culross), son of General Sir Charles Colville and Jane Mure; had issue.|
|by Charlotte Augusta Annabella Drummond-Willoughby|
|Hon. Augusta Clementina Carrington||1841–1922||Married Archibald Campbell (later 1st Baron Blythswood), son of Archibald Campbell and Caroline Dick; no issue.|
|Hon. Charles Robert Carrington,
later 3rd Baron Carrington
|1843–1928||Married Hon. Cecilia Harbord, daughter of Charles Harbord, 5th Baron Suffield, and Cecilia Baring; had issue.||Was created Earl Carrington in 1905 and Marquess of Lincolnshire in 1912.|
|Hon. William Henry Peregrine Carrington,
later Sir William Carington
|1845–1914||Married Julia Warden, daughter of Francis Warden; no issue.|
|Hon. Eva Elizabeth Carrington||1847–1919||Married Charles Stanhope, Viscount Petersham (later 8th Earl of Harrington), son of Charles Stanhope, 7th Earl of Harrington, and Elizabeth Still de Pearsall; no issue.|
|Hon. Rupert Clement George Carrington,
later 4th Baron Carrington
|1852–1929||Married Edith Horsefall, daughter of John Horsefall; had issue.||Inherited the barony from his older brother, who died without surviving male issue.|
Among Carrington's descendants through his first daughter Cecile were his grandson Admiral Sir Stanley Colville and his great-grandson Sir John "Jock" Colville (civil servant and diarist, nephew of the Admiral). Harry Legge-Bourke, MP for Isle of Ely 1945–1973, was his great-grandson through his first son Charles.
Another great-grandson, through Carrington's third son Rupert, is Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington, a Conservative politician who served as Foreign Secretary in the Cabinet of Margaret Thatcher from 1979 to 1982. Lord Carrington is also a descendant in the Colville line; his father, the 5th Baron, married the Hon. Sybil Marion Colville, daughter of the 2nd Viscount Colville of Culross (the Admiral's elder brother).
|Ancestors of Robert Carrington, 2nd Baron Carrington|
Styles of address
- 1796: Mr Robert Smith
- 1796–1818: The Honourable Robert Smith
- 1818–1838: The Honourable Robert Smith MP
- 1838–1839: The Right Honourable The Lord Carrington
- 1839–1868: The Right Honourable The Lord Carrington FRS
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Robert Carrington