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Marquis of Londonderry – a member of the top Victorian aristocracy – 1852

Marquis of Londonderry – a member of the top Victorian aristocracy – 1852

The Marquis of Londonderry was a cousin of the later British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He had a family seat at Wynyard Park in the north of England, where King Edward VII visited him several times.

On July 16, 1852, Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the sixth Marquis of Londonderry, was born. He was one of the most prominent aristocrats in Britain during the Victorian period. Lord Castlereagh, the British Foreign Secretary during the Napoleonic Wars, was his male cousin, and by his grandmother – Lady Frances Anne Vane – he was the Marquis of Londonderry also a cousin of the later British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (the aforementioned Lady Frances Anne Vane was is Churchill’s great-grandmother). Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart was born in London and educated at the famous Eton and Oxford. He inherited the title of Marquis from his father at the age of 32, and thus became a member of the British House of Lords (in the past, all personal holders of the title of Marquis, as well as the titles of Baron, Viscount, Earl and Duke had the right to sit in the House of Lords).

The family seat was held by Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart as Marquis of Londonderry at Wynyard Park Castle in the north of England. It was one of the largest aristocratic residences in Great Britain, and among the Marquis’ guests in that castle was King Edward VII several times. (son of the said Queen Victoria). The Marquis of Londonderry was Viceroy of Ireland from 1886 to 1889, and was a member of the British government (cabinet) of Prime Minister Arthur Balfour from 1900 to 1905, first as postmaster general, then chairman of the Board of Education and finally as Lord-President of the Privy Council. The Sixth Marquis of Londonderry died on February 8, 1915, at the age of 63, and was succeeded by his son as the Seventh Marquis.

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