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The Lord Holland

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Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, by John Giles Eccardt, after Jean Baptiste van Loo, circa 1740
Leader of the House of Commons
In office
26 May 1762 16 April 1763
Monarch George III
Prime Minister The Earl of Bute
Preceded by George Grenville
Succeeded by George Grenville
In office
14 November 1755 13 November 1756
Monarch George II
Prime Minister The Duke of Newcastle
Preceded by Thomas Robinson
Succeeded by William Pitt
Paymaster of the Forces
In office
2 July 1757 13 July 1765
Monarch George II
George III
Prime Minister The Duke of Newcastle
The Earl of Bute
George Grenville
Preceded by Viscount Dupplin
Thomas Potter
Succeeded by Charles Townshend
Secretary of State for the Southern Department
In office
14 November 1755 13 November 1756
Monarch George II
Prime Minister The Duke of Newcastle
Preceded by Thomas Robinson
Succeeded by William Pitt
Secretary at War
In office
Monarch George II
Prime Minister Henry Pelham
The Duke of Newcastle
Preceded by Thomas Winnington
Succeeded by The Viscount Barrington
Personal details
Born(1705-09-28)28 September 1705
Died1 July 1774(1774-07-01) (aged 68)
Holland House, Kensington, Middlesex, England
Political party Whig
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Canting arms of Fox, Baron Holland: Ermine, on a chevron azure three fox's heads and necks erased or on a canton of the second a fleur-de-lys of the third

Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, PC (28 September 1705 – 1 July 1774), of Holland House in Kensington and of Holland House in Kingsgate, Kent, was a leading British politician. He identified primarily with the Whig faction. He held the posts of Secretary at War, Southern Secretary and Paymaster of the Forces, from which latter post he enriched himself. Whilst widely tipped as a future Prime Minister, he never held that office. His third son was the Whig statesman Charles James Fox.

Holland House great house of the Elizabethan era, in Kensington, London, UK.

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Early life

He was the second son of Sir Stephen Fox and his second wife the former Christiana Hope, and inherited a large share of his father's wealth. He squandered most of it soon after attaining his majority, and went to Continental Europe to escape from his creditors. There he made the acquaintance of a woman of fortune, who became his patroness and was so generous to him that, after several years’ absence, he was in a position to return home.

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Marriage and children

In 1744 he eloped with and married the much younger Lady Caroline Lennox (1723–1774), the eldest daughter of Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond (1701–1750), an illegitimate grandson of King Charles II. The marriage caused a great scandal in high society. [1] She was later created Baroness Holland, "of Holland in the County of Lincoln". To his wife he bequeathed £2,000 per annum, with Holland House, Kensington, his plate, etc., but charged with various other legacies. As his residuary legatee it was estimated that she would be worth £120,000 in government securities, besides her jointure. [2] However, she did not long survive him. By his wife he had children including:

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In 1735 he entered Parliament as Member for Hindon in Wiltshire. He became a protégé and devoted supporter of Sir Robert Walpole, the long-standing Prime Minister, achieving unequalled and unenviable proficiency in the worst political arts of his master and model. He earned particular notice with a speech in parliament calling on Britain to support its European allies, principally Austria. [4] He generally aligned with the government Whigs rather than the Patriot Whig faction that opposed them. Until 1742 this meant the government of Walpole, but afterward. it was the government (1743–1754) of Henry Pelham to which he lent his support.

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He had eloped with and married the much younger Lady Caroline Lennox, daughter of the Duke of Richmond, in 1744. She was later created Baroness Holland, of Holland in the County of Lincoln. The noted Whig politicians Charles James Fox and the 3rd Baron Holland were his son and grandson, respectively. Another son was the general Henry Edward Fox. He was known for his tendency to spoil his children, whom he allowed to mingle with the numerous public figures who came to dine at the Fox household. [5] Charles would later grow up to be a politician of equal note to his father, many of whose policies and friendships he subsequently adopted [6] although he tended more toward radicalism than the elder Fox.

Secretary at War

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, the bitter political rival of Fox, despite both belonging to the Whig faction Elderpitt.jpg
William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, the bitter political rival of Fox, despite both belonging to the Whig faction

Fox was appointed Secretary at War and member of the Privy Council in 1746, at a time when Britain was engaged in the War of the Austrian Succession. At the time much of the nation's foreign policy was dominated by the Duke of Newcastle, who also served as a de facto Defence Minister, with Fox acting largely as a deputy and being called upon to defend the government's defence policy in the House of Commons.

During these years he became a close friend and confidante of the Duke of Cumberland, the King's third and youngest son, who had become notorious in Britain for his suppression of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 after the Battle of Culloden. He had also gained fame on the Continent as military commander of Britain's forces there. He had built himself a notable political following in London and, perhaps most importantly to Fox, offered a channel of communication to King George II of Great Britain. Fox soon grew to be a favourite of George II as well, who would in the future support his inclusion in governments in much the same way he would oppose Pitt's membership.

By the early 1750s, Fox and Pitt were both viewed as likely future leaders of the country. This pushed their rivalry to yet further lengths. Fox through his office as War Secretary was closer to the top office while Pitt languished in opposition. In 1754, the sudden death of Pelham brought their rivalry to a head. The new Prime Minister, Pelham's brother, the Duke of Newcastle, needed a strong figure to represent him in the House of Commons. This job would command immense prestige and influence, and Pitt and Fox were considered the outstanding favourites to attain it.

Newcastle, fearing the relentless ambitions of both men, ultimately chose neither and instead selected Sir Thomas Robinson. To try to assuage Fox, Newcastle had first offered the post to him but with unacceptable conditions attached so that Fox would refuse the post, allowing Newcastle to offer it to his favoured candidate, Robinson.

Robinson, who was considered a nonentity, was poorly equipped to the task and struggled to defend the government from the strident attacks it now came under from Fox and Pitt, who were both angry at being spurned. By this point the government was facing a serious situation in America and Newcastle began to consider more seriously an alliance with either Pitt or Fox. Ultimately, he chose Fox in the belief that Pitt could be controlled less easily.

Alliance with Newcastle

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Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, with whom in 1755 Fox formed a political alliance, but their government soon fell. Newcastle later made an agreement with Fox's enemy William Pitt, forming the Pitt-Newcastle Ministry

Forced into the move by circumstances beyond his control Newcastle agreed the terms of the partnership with Fox. In 1755 Fox was given the dual roles of Leader of the House of Commons and Southern Secretary. The alliance between them was seen as the only way to forestall a similar proposed government including Pitt, who was considered a bitter enemy of both men. Newcastle could scarcely contain his growing distate for Fox, who he considered grasping. [7] Fox was heavily influenced by Cumberland, who favoured a strong response to a dispute with the French in the Ohio Country. The two men forced the policy on a more reluctant Newcastle.

It was decided to despatch a large British force under the command of Edward Braddock to America to drive the French out of Ohio and occupy the lands for Britain. Braddock's column met with disaster in July 1755 and when news of this reached London, the pressure increased on Newcastle and Fox. Pitt mocked the inept handling of the crisis and suggested Britain was ill-prepared for a major war that might break out with the French over the issue. Ultimately war broke out with France the following year over the issue of its invasion of Prussia rather than the North American situation. Fox and Newcastle, realising that Menorca was severely vulnerable to a French attack, despatched a naval force to relieve the island.

The fleet was unable to prevent the Fall of Menorca, leading to a major public outburst against both its commander, Admiral Sir John Byng, and the government. Fox and Newcastle initiated a prosecution against Byng by accusing him of cowardice. Byng was later shot after a court martial for "failing to do his utmost", a verdict that opponents of the government saw as a move to protect Newcastle and Fox from censure. [8] Fox feared that he himself would be made the "scapegoat" blamed Newcastle for not giving Byng enough ships. On 13 October 1756, Fox resigned, fatally weakening Newcastle, whose ministry collapsed completely that November. [9]

He was replaced by a government dominated by Pitt. However, Pitt had little control over most MPs and struggled to control the House of Commons. After a few months, the government collapsed in April 1757. [10] The King wanted Newcastle and Fox to return, restoring their previous government, but by now, Newcastle felt a bitter hatred towards Fox over the Byng Affair, and refused to serve with him. A three-month spell followed in which Britain's war effort was essentially leaderless. With the continued support of Cumberland, Fox retained high hopes of gaining the premiership. However, he could not come to a necessary agreement with either Pitt or Newcastle. In mid-summer, Pitt and Newcastle defied expectations, and formed a political partnership. Left out in the cold by this, Fox now turned his attentions instead to attaining a profitable position. [11]

Paymaster General of the Forces

Kingsgate Castle in Kent was built by Holland, although most of the current structure is Victorian. Kingsgate-castle.jpg
Kingsgate Castle in Kent was built by Holland, although most of the current structure is Victorian.

In 1757, in the rearrangements of the government, Fox was ultimately excluded from the Cabinet and given the post of Paymaster of the Forces. The office of Paymaster of the Forces had a continuous history from 1662, when Henry Fox's own father, Sir Stephen Fox, had been the first tenant. Before his time, it had been the custom to appoint Treasurers at War ad hoc for specific campaigns; the practice of the Protectorate Government foreshadowed, however, a permanent office. Within a generation of the Restoration, the status of the Paymastership began to change. In 1692, the Paymaster, the Earl of Ranelagh, was sworn of the privy council; and thereafter, every Paymaster or, when there were two Paymastesr, at least one of them, was sworn of the council if not already a member. From the accession of Queen Anne, the Paymaster tended to change with the Ministry, and 18th century appointments must be considered as made not upon merit alone but by merit and political affiliation, the office becoming a political prize and perhaps potentially the most lucrative that a parliamentary career had to offer. [12] During the war, Fox devoted himself mainly to accumulating a vast fortune. The British army expanded a great deal during these years giving him further scope for irregularities. He was by some estimates calculated to have amassed £400,000 in his eight years in the office, an average of £50,000 a year. [13] Around 1760 he built the original Kingsgate Castle near Broadstairs, Kent, of which only the tower now remains.

In 1762, he again accepted the leadership of the House, with a seat in the Cabinet, under Lord Bute and managed to induce the House of Commons to approve of the Treaty of Paris; as a reward, he was raised to the House of Lords as Baron Holland of Foxley in the County of Wilts, on 16 April 1763.


In 1765, Fox was forced to resign the Paymaster Generalship, and four years later, a petition of the Livery of the City of London delivered by the Lord Mayor of London William Beckford against the Ministers referred to him as "the public defaulter of unaccounted millions". [12] [note 1]

It was not the first time that he had been attacked on the financial conduct of his office. In 1763, in a debate opened by Sir John Phillips, William Aislabie had raised much the same issue in the Commons and was received with 'loud marks of approbation'; [12] [note 2] but on this occasion, little public attention was aroused, and 1769 was the first time that it was taken up with vigour and outside parliament. The City's address, like a Middlesex petition of the previous month, echoed charges made in the Commons when Alderman Beckford, the mouthpiece of many popular causes, had asserted that more than forty millions of public money remained unaccounted for in the army Pay Office and that legal process in regard to this had been issued from the exchequer but had been suspended by the king's signed manual warrant. Beckford had called upon members of the Treasury Board then present to correct him if he had been misinformed, but not a word had been uttered. [12] [note 3]

The proceedings brought against him in the Court of Exchequer were delayed by a Royal Warrant; and he proved that in the delays in making up the accounts of his office, he had not broken the law. From the interest on the outstanding balances, he had nonetheless amassed a fortune.

Later life

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Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland

He tried in vain to obtain promotion to an earldom, a title on which he had set his heart, and he died at Holland House, Kensington, a sorely disappointed man, with a reputation for cunning and unscrupulousness, the most unpopular politician of his day.


When Fox had first arrived on the political scene, many had considered him as the greatest politician of his generation. Many saw him as a future Prime Minister, who could lead a revolution of the "New Whigs" against the old-style patriarchy of men like the Duke of Newcastle. In 1755 he had disappointed them first by making an alliance with Newcastle, and then in 1757 by turning his back on serious politics by accepting the Paymaster General post, a lucrative but unimportant post that signalled to many he was no longer a serious contender for high office. Rumours that he had misappropriated £400,000 during his eight years in the job did little to help his reputation as vain and mercenary. Most depictions in popular culture have portrayed him in such a light.

His son Charles James Fox also became a leading light in the Whig party and many too considered him a future national leader. Fox, however, became associated with much the same sort of figures as his father had. In a strange parallel he was frustrated in his bid to become Prime Minister by that of Pitt's younger son William Pitt the Younger who held the office for twenty years continuously, leaving Fox out in the wilderness in much the same way the Elder Pitt had done to Henry Fox.

In the 1999 British television series Aristocrats depicting the lives of the wealthy Lennox family during the 18th century, Fox was portrayed by Alun Armstrong. [14]


  1. For an account of Beckford's speech, see the Gentleman's Magazine, 1769, pp. 290, 329ff, 363.
  2. Horace Walpole, Memoirs of the Reign of George III, ed. D. le Marchant, 1845, i. 243. [12]
  3. The date of this is uncertain, but it is not unlikely to have been during the debate on the Budget of 1769. The occasion for the attack would seem to be the active part taken by Stephen and Charles James Fox against Wilkes in the Middlesex election. [12]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Lascelles, Edward, The Life of Charles James Fox, London, 1936, p. 3.
  2. Walpole, B. C., Recollections of the life of ... Charles James Fox, London, 1806, p. 42
  3. 1 2 3 Walpole, 1806, p. 42.
  4. Pearce 2008, p. 406.
  5. Foreman 2008, p. 56.
  6. Foreman 2008, pp. 56–58.
  7. Anderson 2001, p. 169.
  8. Anderson 2001, p. 171.
  9. Anderson 2001, p. 172.
  10. Anderson 2001, p. 174.
  11. Anderson 2001, pp. 174–75.
  12. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sutherland and Binney 1955, p. 229.
  13. Anderson 2001, p. 175.
  14. "Aristocrats" (1999)

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Thomas Robinson
Secretary of State for the Southern Department
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William Pitt
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Charles Townshend
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