William Duncombe, 1st Earl of Feversham

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"a Conservative". Caricature by Ape published in Vanity Fair in 1878.

William Ernest Duncombe, 1st Earl of Feversham (28 January 1829 – 13 January 1915), known as The Lord Feversham between 1867 and 1868, was a British Conservative politician.

Duncombe was the son of William Duncombe, 2nd Baron Feversham, and his wife Lady Louisa Stewart. He was elected to the House of Commons for East Retford in 1852, a seat he held until 1857, and then represented the North Riding of Yorkshire between 1859 and 1867. The latter year he succeeded his father in the barony and entered the House of Lords. In 1868 he was created Viscount Helmsley, of Helmsley in the North Riding of the County of York, and Earl of Feversham, of Ryedale in the North Riding of the County of York.

Lord Feversham married Mabel Violet, daughter of Sir James Graham, 2nd Baronet, in 1851. They had seven children, including Hermione Wilhelmina Duncombe (b. 1864) who became Duchess of Leinster and Helen Duncombe, who as the wife of Edgar Vincent, 1st Viscount D'Abernon became Viscountess D'Abernon.

He died in January 1915, aged 85, and was succeeded in his titles by his grandson Charles, his son and heir apparent William Duncombe, Viscount Helmsley, having predeceased him. Lady Feversham died only seven months after her husband.



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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Duncombe
The Viscount Galway
Member of Parliament for East Retford
With: The Viscount Galway
Succeeded by
The Viscount Galway
Francis John Savile Foljambe
Preceded by
Edward Stillingfleet Cayley
Octavius Duncombe
Member of Parliament for North Riding of Yorkshire
With: Edward Stillingfleet Cayley 1859–1862
William John Sawrey Morritt 1862–1865
Frederick Milbank 1865–1867
Succeeded by
Frederick Milbank
Octavius Duncombe
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Earl of Feversham
Succeeded by
Charles Duncombe
Preceded by
William Duncombe
Baron Feversham