William Harbord, 2nd Baron Suffield

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Lieutenant-Colonel William Assheton Harbord, 2nd Baron Suffield (21 August 1766 – 1 August 1821) was a Member of Parliament for Ludgershall (UK Parliament constituency) (1790–1796) and Plympton Erle (7 February 1807 – 4 February 1810). He was Lieutenant-Colonel commandant of the Norfolk Fencibles (1794), the Blickling Rifle Volunteers (1803), and East Norfolk Regiment of Militi (1808).[1] He was an English amateur cricketer.[2]

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He was mainly associated with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Harbord made three known appearances in first-class cricket matches during the 1791 season.[3]

He succeeded his father, Harbord Harbord, 1st Baron Suffield, as Baron Suffield in February 1810.[1] He married Lady Caroline Hobart, daughter of John Hobart, 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire, but had no children. On his death his title passed to his brother Edward.

He played an intermittent role in politics, being regarded as a strong if not vocal supporter of William Pitt the Younger and later of Spencer Perceval. Although he had a strong family link with Castlereagh, who had married Caroline's sister Lady Amelia Hobart, the two men were not close politically. He opposed the abolition of the slave trade in 1807.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Viscount Castlereagh
Sir Stephen Lushington
Member of Parliament for Plympton Erle
1807–1810
With: Viscount Castlereagh
Succeeded by
Viscount Castlereagh
Henry Drummond
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess Townshend
Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk
1807–1821
Succeeded by
Hon. John Wodehouse
Vacant
Title last held by
The Marquess Townshend
Vice-Admiral of Norfolk
1809–1821
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Harbord Harbord
Baron Suffield
1810–1821
Succeeded by
Edward Harbord