Sackville Lane-Fox

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Sackville Walter Lane-Fox (24 March 1797 – 18 August 1874), was a British Conservative Party politician.


Lane-Fox was the son of James Fox-Lane, of Bramham Park, West Yorkshire, by the Honourable Mary Lucy, daughter of George Pitt, 1st Baron Rivers. He was the brother of George Lane-Fox and the uncle of Augustus Pitt Rivers.[1]

Political career[edit]

Lane-Fox was returned to parliament as one of two representatives for Helston in 1831. He became the sole representative after the 'Great' or 'First' Reform Act of that year reduced the low-electorate constituency to one seat. He lost the seat in 1835,[2] and remained out of the House of Commons until 1840, when he was returned for Beverley in East Yorkshire.[3] He lost the seat the following year and was re-elected to the Commons the year after as one of two MPs for Ipswich, Suffolk.[4] In 1847 he was once again elected for Beverley, a seat he held until 1852.[3]


Lane-Fox married Lady Charlotte Mary Anne Georgiana Osborne, daughter of George Osborne, 6th Duke of Leeds, in 1826. She died in January 1836, aged 44. They had five children:

  1. Hon. Elizabeth Catherine (died 29 October 1879, aged 50) married Rev. R W Cracroft, rector of Harrington, Lincolnshire.[5]
  2. Hon. Lora Mary (died 12 February 1908)
  3. Hon. Sackville George (14 September 1827 – 24 August 1888) succeeded his maternal uncle the Duke of Leeds as 12th Baron Conyers in 1859.[1]
  4. Hon. Charles Pierrepont Darcy (25 August 1830 – 13 September 1874), wounded at the Battle of Alma while an officer in the Crimean war
  5. Hon. Marcia Frederica Isabella[5]

The family received rents of land and buildings (the leases commencing between 1836 and 1843) for the duration of the lives of three of Lane-Fox's children, assigned by his cousin Francis D'Arcy-Osborne, 7th Duke of Leeds, mainly in the Cornish parishes of Breage, Camborne, Germoe, Ludgvan, St Erth and Wendron — which brought annual income of c. £5,000 (equivalent to £525,000 in 2018). On Elizabeth's death these freehold reversions (or near-equivalents) reverted to the ownership of the then-heir of the senior branch, George Osborne, 9th Duke of Leeds.[5]

Sackville Walter Lane Fox after the death of his wife had a relationship with Charlotte Susannah Olding (1825-1881) and they had two daughters the eldest Charlotte Alice Fox surname Olding was born 18 January 1850 and the younger Lucy Susannah Charlotte surname Fox born 27 March 1855.

Charlotte Alice Fox Olding was born at 11 Burton Street London and was Baptised eleven years later (5 August 1861) as Alice Florence Marion Fox at St Saviour Jersey by The Rector William Corbet Le Breton who was the Father of Lillie Langtry - The Jersey Lily. Florence died 24 July 1926 as Florence Alice Marion Fox-Bryant

Lucy Susannah Charlotte was born at 12 Hill Street Knightsbridge but her mother's address at the time was 17 Cowley Street Westminster. Lucy did not marry and died in Kensington in 1927.

There are no marriage records for Sackville Walter Lane Fox and Charlotte Susannah Olding. Charlotte Susannah Olding does have two death certificates one as Charlotte Susannah Fox widow of Sackville Walter Lane Fox which was superseded by a death certificate in the name of Susannah Charlotte Olding.


  1. ^ a b Sackville Walter Lane-Fox
  2. ^ House of Commons: Haslemere to Herefordshire
  3. ^ a b House of Commons: Bethnal Green to Blyth Valley
  4. ^ House of Commons: Ilchester to Itchen
  5. ^ a b c "Changes In Ownership". The Cornishman (69). 6 November 1879. p. 5.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord James Townshend
Sir Samuel Brooke-Pechell, Bt
Member of Parliament for Helston
With: Lord James Townshend 1831–1832
Succeeded by
Lord James Townshend
(representation reduced to one member 1832)
Preceded by
James Hogg
George Lane-Fox
Member of Parliament for Beverley
With: James Hogg
Succeeded by
James Hogg
John Towneley
Preceded by
The Earl of Desart
Thomas Gladstone
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: John Neilson Gladstone
Succeeded by
John Cobbold
Hugh Adair
Preceded by
Sir James Hogg, Bt
John Towneley
Member of Parliament for Beverley
With: John Towneley
Succeeded by
Hon. Francis Charles Lawley
William Wells