| The Right Honourable |
The Earl of Ranfurly
GCMG PC (Ire) JP DL
|13th Governor of New Zealand|
|Monarch|| Victoria |
|Prime Minister||Richard Seddon|
|Preceded by||The Earl of Glasgow|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Plunket|
|Born|| 14 August 1856|
|Died||1 October 1933 (aged 77)|
|Spouse(s)||Hon. Constance Caulfeild|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
Uchter John Mark Knox, 5th Earl of Ranfurly GCMG PC (Ire) JP DL (14 August 1856 – 1 October 1933), was a British politician and colonial governor. He was Governor of New Zealand from 1897 to 1904.
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Lord Ranfurly was born into an Ulster-Scots aristocratic family in Guernsey, the second son of The 3rd Earl of Ranfurly by his wife Harriet, daughter of John Rimmington, of Broomhead Hall, Yorkshire. He was educated at Harrow School.Becoming a cadet on board HMS Britannia, he passed for the Royal Navy, but, giving up a naval career, entered Trinity College, Cambridge, at the age of eighteen.
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Thomas Knox, 3rd Earl of Ranfurly, styled Viscount Northland between 1840 and 1858, was an Irish peer and Member of Parliament. He was the son of Thomas Knox, 2nd Earl of Ranfurly and his wife Mary Juliana Stuart, and represented Dungannon as a Member of Parliament between 9 June 1838 and 3 February 1851, when he resigned through the position of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge.
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He succeeded in the earldom (and several subsidiary titles) in May 1875 when his elder brother died on a shooting expedition in Abyssinia. His family had owned a large country estate centered on Dungannon in the south-east of County Tyrone in Ulster since 1692.
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Ranfurly served as a Lord-in-Waiting under Lord Salisbury between 1895 and 1897 and was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 1897 for his public services. He was appointed to succeed The Earl of Glasgow as Governor of New Zealand on 6 April 1897, assuming office on 10 August. Lord Ranfurly became Honorary Colonel of the 1st Wellington Battalion (1898) and of the 1st South Canterbury Mounted Rifles (1902). He was created a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in June 1901, on the occasion of the visit of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) to New Zealand.His term ended on 19 June 1904, when he personally handed over office to Lord Plunket. He is remembered for his donation of the Ranfurly Shield, a New Zealand sporting trophy.
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On his return to England Ranfurly was made an Irish Privy Counsellor (1905); then for a time he returned to farm in Mildura, Victoria, Australia. But he soon devoted more and more time to his other great interest, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. In 1914 he was a Knight of Justice, and Registrar of the Order in London, becoming (1915–19) Director of its Ambulance Department. In 1919 the French Government made him an Officer of the Legion of Honour for his services in this connection during the war.
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The Earl of Buckinghamshire
| Lord-in-waiting |
The Earl of Denbigh
The Earl of Glasgow
| Governor of New Zealand |
The Lord Plunket
|Peerage of Ireland|
Thomas Granville Henry Stuart Knox
| Earl of Ranfurly |
Thomas Daniel Knox