Sir Gerard Noel, 2nd Baronet

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Sir Gerard Noel, 2nd Baronet
Born 17 July 1759
Died 25 February 1838
Education Eton College
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge
Occupation Aristocrat, politician
Spouse(s) 3
Children 19
Parent(s) Gerard Edwardes
Lady Jane Noel
Relatives Baptist Noel, 4th Earl of Gainsborough (maternal grandfather)

Sir Gerard Noel Noel, 2nd Baronet (17 July 1759 – 25 February 1838), of Welham Grove in Leicestershire and Exton Park in Rutland, known as Gerard Edwardes until 1798, was an English Member of Parliament.


Gerard Noel was born Gerard Edwardes on 17 July 1759. He was the son of Gerard Edwardes of Welham Grove and Lady Jane Noel, daughter of Baptist Noel, 4th Earl of Gainsborough. His father was the illegitimate son of Lord Anne Hamilton, younger son of James Hamilton, 4th Duke of Hamilton. He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge.[1]


Noel became partner in a Westminster banking house. He entered Parliament in 1784 as member for Maidstone. However, on the death of his cousin, Thomas Noel, MP for Rutland, he resigned so as to be elected for that county (where the Noels had regularly held one of the seats for centuries). He represented Rutland (in two spells) for well over forty years. Initially a supporter of Pitt the Younger, he was one of a group of MPs who in 1788 tried to form a third party independent of both Pitt and Charles James Fox; in later years, however, he was a consistent Tory.

In 1798 he inherited the estates of his uncle, Henry Noel, 6th Earl of Gainsborough (though not the peerage, which could not pass through the female line), and changed his surname to Noel. He served as High Sheriff of Rutland for 1812.[2]

Personal life and death[edit]

Noel married three times. His first marriage, in 1780, was to Diana Middleton (d. 1823), daughter of Captain Charles Middleton, the Comptroller of the Navy. The following year Middleton was created a baronet, with a special remainder to his new son-in-law should he have no sons of his own. Middleton later became First Lord of the Admiralty and was raised to a peerage as Lord Barham; he died on 17 June 1813 without male issue, and Noel consequently inherited his baronetcy, while Noel's wife inherited the peerage. They had eighteen[3] children:

  • Charles Noel Noel (1781–1866), MP, who succeeded to his father's baronetcy and his mother's barony, later created Earl of Gainsborough
  • Rev. Gerard Thomas Noel (1782–1851), a canon of Winchester, and father of Caroline Maria Noel (1817–77), author of the hymn "At the Name of Jesus".
  • Major Horace Noel (1783–1807)
  • Henry Robert Noel (1784–1800)
  • William Middleton Noel (1789–1859), MP for Rutland 1838-1840
  • Captain Frederic Noel (1790–1833), a naval officer
  • Rev. Francis James Noel (1793–1854), Rector of Teston and Nettlestead in Kent
  • Berkeley Octavius Noel (1794–1841)
  • Rev. Leland Noel (1797–1870), Vicar of Exton
  • Baptist Wriothesley Noel (1799–1873)
  • Louisa Elizabeth Noel (d. 1816), who married William Hoare (d. 1819)
  • Emma Noel (d. 1873), who married Stafford O'Brien (d. 1864)
  • Charlotte Margaret Noel (d. 1869), who married (first, in 1813) Thomas Welman and (second, in 1839) Thomas Thompson
  • Augusta Julia Noel (d. 1833), who married Thomas Babington (d. 1871)
  • Juliana Hicks Noel (d. 1855), who married Rev. Samuel Phillips

His second marriage, in 1823, was to Harriet Gill (d. 1826), his mistress of many years, by whom he had a daughter, Harriet Jane (m. Don Ysidro Lopez d'Arze).[4]

After Harriet's death he married a third time, in 1831, to Isabella Evans.

Noel died on 25 February 1838.


  1. ^ "Edwards (post Noel), Gerald Noel (EDWS776GN)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Complete Baronetage
  3. ^ Sir Gerard Noel MP and the Noels of Chipping Campden and Exton by Gerard Noel, 2004
  4. ^ Sir Gerard Noel MP and the Noels of Chipping Campden and Exton by Gerard Noel, 2004
  • Lewis Namier & John Brooke, The History of Parliament: The House of Commons 1754-1790 (London: HMSO, 1964)

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Clement Taylor
Sir Horatio Mann, Bt
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
With: Clement Taylor
Succeeded by
Clement Taylor
Sir Matthew Bloxham
Preceded by
George Bridges Brudenell
Thomas Noel
Member of Parliament for Rutland
With: George Bridges Brudenell 1788–1790
John Heathcote 1790–1795
Lord Sherard 1795–1796
Sir William Lowther, Bt 1796–1800
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Rutland
With: Sir William Lowther, Bt 1801–1802
The Lord Carbery 1802–1805
The Lord Henniker 1805–1808
Succeeded by
Charles Noel
The Lord Henniker
Preceded by
Charles Noel
Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bt
Member of Parliament for Rutland
With: Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bt
Succeeded by
Hon. William Noel
Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bt
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Charles Middleton
(of The Navy)
Succeeded by
Charles Noel Noel