George Stanhope, 6th Earl of Chesterfield

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Master of the Buckhounds
In office
30 December 1834 8 April 1835
Alma mater Eton College
Christ Church, Oxford

George Stanhope, 6th Earl of Chesterfield, PC (23 May 1805 – 1 June 1866), styled Lord Stanhope until 1815, was a British Tory politician, courtier and race horse owner. He served as Master of the Buckhounds under Lord Melbourne from 1834 to 1835.


Background and education

Chesterfield was the son of Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl of Chesterfield, and his wife, Lady Henrietta, daughter of Thomas Thynne, 1st Marquess of Bath, and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

Political career

He succeeded his father in the earldom in 1815 at the age of ten and later took his seat on the Tory benches in the House of Lords. He served briefly in the Tory administration of Sir Robert Peel as Master of the Buckhounds from December 1834 [1] to April 1835 [2] and was sworn of the Privy Council in December 1834. [3]

He was commissioned as Captain of the Burton-on-Trent Troop of the Staffordshire Yeomanry on 29 November 1828, but resigned in 1830. [4] [5]

Horse racing

Lord Chesterfield had a great passion for horse racing and spent most of his early years indulging in that pursuit. Although he had some success on the turf, winning the Oaks twice, his victories were not frequent enough to pay for the large string of horses he had in training or to finance his lifestyle of lavish party-giving and gambling. His racing colours of red cap and jacket with blue sleeves were also carried to victory by Tom Olliver in the 1843 Grand National aboard his horse Vanguard. [6] In 1840, after the success of Crucifix he decided to give up his expensive mode of living and retire to Bretby Hall. He did construct a gallop of two miles to exercise his horses. Many eminent people visited Bretby to try out their horses or for shooting in Bretby Park. Among them were the Earl of Wilton, the Earl of Londesborough, Lord Newport and Sir Henry des Voeux. The best jockeys also came to Bretby.[ citation needed ]


Two of the earl's horses in 1838; on the left Industry, who won the Oaks that year, on the right Caroline Elvina, who also ran in the Oaks but was unplaced. She was sold to the emperor of Russia (John Frederick Herring, Sr., 1838) The Earl of Chesterfield's Industry with W Scott up and Caroline Elvina with J Holmes up in a paddock by John Frederick Herring sr.jpg
Two of the earl's horses in 1838; on the left Industry, who won the Oaks that year, on the right Caroline Elvina, who also ran in the Oaks but was unplaced. She was sold to the emperor of Russia (John Frederick Herring, Sr., 1838)

Lord Chesterfield married the Hon. Anne Elizabeth Weld-Forester in 1830. They had one son and one daughter. Their daughter Lady Evelyn Stanhope (1834–1875) was the first wife of Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon. Lord Chesterfield died in June 1866, aged 61, and was succeeded in the earldom by his only son, George. The Countess of Chesterfield died in July 1885, aged 82. Like her sister Selina, Countess of Bradford, she was an intimate friend of Benjamin Disraeli. After they had both been widowed Disraeli is said to have proposed to her, but she declined on the ground that people over seventy just look foolish when they decide to marry. Some of their friends thought that she refused him because she believed that he cared more for her sister Selina. [8]

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  1. "No. 19225". The London Gazette . 30 December 1834. p. 2349.
  2. "No. 19266". The London Gazette . 1 May 1835. p. 857.
  3. "No. 19225". The London Gazette . 30 December 1834. p. 2348.
  4. Capt P.C.G. Webster, The Records of the Queen's Own Royal Regiment of Staffordshire Yeomanry, Lichfield: Lomax, 1870; Appendix.
  5. London Gazette, 18 June 1830.
  6. The Grand National Archived 15 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Catalogue Note for the painting of Industry and Caroline Elvina by John Frederick Herring Sr.
  8. Pearson, Hesketh Dizzy- the life and personality of Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield Harper Collins New York 1951 p. 243
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