Viscount Goschen

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Viscount Goschen, of Hawkhurst in the County of Kent, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1900 for the politician George Goschen upon his retirement from a long political career, during which he served variously as Member of Parliament, Vice-President of the Board of Trade, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, President of the Poor Law Board, Chancellor of the Exchequer and First Lord of the Admiralty.

His son, the second Viscount, sat as a Conservative Member of Parliament for East Grinstead and served as Governor of Madras. His nephew, the third Viscount, served as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard (Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords) in the Conservative administrations of Harold Macmillan, Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Edward Heath. As of 2013 the title is held by the latter's son, the fourth Viscount, who succeeded in 1977. He held junior ministerial positions in the Conservative government of John Major and is now one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. The diplomat Sir Edward Goschen, 1st Baronet was the younger brother of the first Viscount.

The family seat is Hilton House on Finchampstead Ridges, near Crowthorne in Berkshire.

Viscounts Goschen (1900)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Hon. Alexander John Edward Goschen (b. 2001).

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