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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
18 April 1835 30 August 1841
Monarch William IV
Victoria
Preceded by Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Succeeded bySir Robert Peel, Bt
In office
16 July 1834 14 November 1834
MonarchWilliam IV
Preceded by The Earl Grey
Succeeded by The Duke of Wellington
Leader of the Opposition
In office
30 August 1841 October 1842
MonarchVictoria
Prime MinisterSir Robert Peel, Bt
Preceded bySir Robert Peel, Bt
Succeeded by Lord John Russell
In office
14 November 1834 18 April 1835
MonarchWilliam IV
Prime MinisterSir Robert Peel, Bt
Preceded by The Duke of Wellington
Succeeded bySir Robert Peel, Bt
Home Secretary
In office
22 November 1830 16 July 1834
Prime MinisterThe Earl Grey
Preceded bySir Robert Peel, Bt
Succeeded by The Viscount Duncannon
Chief Secretary for Ireland
In office
29 April 1827 21 June 1828
Prime Minister George Canning
The Viscount Goderich
The Duke of Wellington
Preceded by Henry Goulburn
Succeeded by Lord Francis Leveson-Gower
Leader of the House of Lords
In office
16 July 1834 14 November 1834
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byThe Earl Grey
Succeeded byThe Duke of Wellington
In office
18 April 1835 30 August 1841
Preceded byThe Duke of Wellington
Succeeded byThe Duke of Wellington
Member of the British Parliament
for Leominster
In office
1806–1806
Preceded by John Lubbock
Charles Kinnaird
Succeeded by John Lubbock
Henry Bonham
Member of the British Parliament
for Portarlington
In office
1807–1812
Preceded by Sir Oswald Mosley, Bt
Succeeded by Arthur Shakespeare
Member of the British Parliament
for Peterborough
In office
1816–1819
Preceded by William Elliot
George Ponsonby
Succeeded by The Lord Abinger
Sir Robert Heron, Bt
Personal details
Born(1779-03-15)15 March 1779
London, England
Died24 November 1848(1848-11-24) (aged 69)
Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, England
Resting place St Etheldreda's Church, Hatfield
Political party Whig
Spouse(s)
Lady Caroline Ponsonby
(m. 1805;died 1828)
Children2
Parents Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne
Elizabeth Milbanke
Alma mater Eton College, Glasgow University, Trinity College, Cambridge
Signature William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne Signature.svg

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, PC , PC (Ire) , FRS (15 March 1779 – 24 November 1848) was a British Whig statesman who served as Home Secretary (1830–1834) and Prime Minister (1834 and 1835–1841). He is best known for being prime minister in Queen Victoria's early years and her coaching in the ways of politics. Historians have concluded that Melbourne does not rank highly as a Prime Minister, for there were no great foreign wars or domestic issues to handle, he lacked major achievements, he enunciated no grand principles, and his involvement in several political scandals as Victoria's private secretary.

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Melbourne was Prime Minister on two occasions. The first occasion ended when he was dismissed by King William IV in 1834, the last British prime minister to be dismissed by a monarch. Six months later he was re-appointed and served for six years.

William IV of the United Kingdom King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover 1830-1837

William IV was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death in 1837. The third son of George III, William succeeded his elder brother George IV, becoming the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover.

Early life

Born in London in 1779 to an aristocratic Whig family, William Lamb was the son of the 1st Viscount Melbourne and Elizabeth, Viscountess Melbourne (1751–1818). However, his paternity was questioned, being attributed to George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, to whom it was considered he bore a considerable resemblance, and at whose residence, Petworth, Lamb was a visitor until the Earl's death; he was called to his bedside when he was dying. [1] [2] [3] Lamb nevertheless stated that Egremont being his father was 'all a lie'. [4] He was educated at Eton, Trinity College, Cambridge and the University of Glasgow; admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1797, he was called to the bar in 1804. [5] Against the background of the Napoleonic Wars, Lamb served at home as captain (1803) and major (1804) in the Hertfordshire Volunteer Infantry. [6]

Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne British politician

Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne, known as Sir Peniston Lamb, 2nd Baronet, from 1768 to 1770, was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1768 to 1793. He was the father of Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.

Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne Viscountess Melbourne

Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne was one of the most influential of the political hostesses of the extended Regency period, and the wife of Whig politician Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne. She was the mother of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, who became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and several other influential children. Lady Melbourne was known for her political influence and her friendships and romantic relationships with other members of the English aristocracy, including Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford, and George, Prince of Wales. Because of her numerous love affairs, the paternity of several of her children is a matter of dispute.

George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont British earl

George O'Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of EgremontFRS of Petworth House in Sussex and Orchard Wyndham in Somerset, was a British peer, a major landowner and a great art collector. He was interested in the latest scientific advances. He was an agriculturist and a friend of the agricultural writer Arthur Young, and was an enthusiastic canal builder who invested in many commercial ventures for the improvement of his estates. He played a limited role in politics.

He succeeded his elder brother as heir to his father's title in 1805, and married Lady Caroline Ponsonby, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat. The following year, he was elected to the British House of Commons as the Whig MP for Leominster. For the election in 1806 he moved to the seat of Haddington Burghs, and for the 1807 election he successfully stood for Portarlington (a seat he held until 1812). [7]

Lady Caroline Lamb English writer

Lady Caroline Lamb, known as the Honourable Caroline Ponsonby until her father succeeded to the earldom in 1793, was an Anglo-Irish aristocrat and novelist, best known for her work Glenarvon, a Gothic novel. She is also known for her affair with Lord Byron in 1812. Her husband was The Hon. William Lamb, who later became Viscount Melbourne and Prime Minister. However, she was never the Viscountess Melbourne because she died before Melbourne succeeded to the peerage.

Anglo-Irish people ethnic group in Ireland

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Lamb first came to general notice for reasons he would rather have avoided: his wife had a public affair with Lord Byron—she coined the famous characterisation of Byron as "mad, bad and dangerous to know". [8] The resulting scandal was the talk of Britain in 1812. Lady Caroline published a Gothic novel, Glenarvon , in 1816; this portrayed both the marriage and her affair with Byron in a lurid fashion, which caused William even greater embarrassment, while the spiteful caricatures of leading society figures made them several influential enemies. Eventually the two were reconciled, and, though they separated in 1825, her death in 1828 affected him considerably.

Glenarvon is Lady Caroline Lamb's first novel, published in 1816. Its rakish title character, Lord Ruthven, is an unflattering depiction of her ex-lover, Lord Byron. Drawing from Glenarvon, John Polidori used a vampire named Lord Ruthven as a characterization of Lord Byron in his short story "The Vampyre" published in 1819.

Member of Parliament

In 1816, Lamb was returned for Peterborough by Whig grandee Lord Fitzwilliam. He told Lord Holland that he was committed to the Whig principles of the Glorious Revolution but not to "a heap of modern additions, interpolations, facts and fictions". [7] He therefore spoke against parliamentary reform, and voted for the suspension of habeas corpus in 1817 when sedition was rife. [7]

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William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam British racehorse owner

William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam, PC, styled Viscount Milton until 1756, was a British Whig statesman of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1782 he inherited the estates of his uncle Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, making him one of the richest people in Britain. He played a leading part in Whig politics until the 1820s.

Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland English politician

Henry Richard Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland, of Holland, and 3rd Baron Holland, of Foxley PC was an English politician and a major figure in Whig politics in the early 19th century. A grandson of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, and nephew of Charles James Fox, he served as Lord Privy Seal between 1806 and 1807 in the Ministry of All the Talents headed by Lord Grenville and as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster between 1830 and 1834 and again between 1835 and his death in 1840 in the Whig administrations of Lord Grey and Lord Melbourne.

Lamb's hallmark was finding the middle ground. Though a Whig, he accepted (29 April 1827) the post of Chief Secretary for Ireland in the moderate Tory governments of George Canning and Lord Goderich. Upon the death of his father in 1828 and his becoming the 2nd Viscount Melbourne, of Kilmore in the County of Cavan, he moved to the House of Lords. He had spent 25 years in the Commons, largely as a backbencher, and was not politically well known. [9]

Home Secretary: 1830–1834

In November 1830, the Whigs came to power under Lord Grey. Melbourne was Home Secretary. During the disturbances of 1830–32 he "acted both vigorously and sensitively, and it was for this function that his reforming brethren thanked him heartily". [7] In the aftermath of the Swing Riots of 1830–31, he countered the Tory magistrates' alarmism by refusing to resort to military force; instead, he advocated magistrates' usual powers be fully enforced, along with special constables and financial rewards for the arrest of rioters and rabble-rousers. He appointed a special commission to try approximately 1,000 of those arrested, and ensured that justice was strictly adhered to: one-third were acquitted and most of the one-fifth sentenced to death were instead transported. [7] There remains controversy regarding the hanging of Dic Penderyn, a protester in the Merthyr Rising who was then, and is now, widely judged to have been innocent. He appears to have been executed solely on the word of Melbourne, who sought a victim in order to 'set an example'. [10] The disturbances over reform in 1831–32 were countered with the enforcement of the usual laws; again, Melbourne refused to pass emergency legislation against sedition. [7]

Prime Minister: 1834, 1835–1841

After Lord Grey resigned as Prime Minister in July 1834, the King was forced to appoint another Whig to replace him, as the Tories were not strong enough to support a government. Melbourne was the man most likely to be both acceptable to the King and hold the Whig party together. Melbourne hesitated after receiving from Grey the letter from the King requesting him to visit him to discuss the formation of a government. Melbourne thought he would not enjoy the extra work that accompanied the office of Premier, but he did not want to let his friends and party down. According to Charles Greville, Melbourne said to his secretary, Tom Young: "I think it's a damned bore. I am in many minds as to what to do". Young replied: "Why, damn it all, such a position was never held by any Greek or Roman: and if it only lasts three months, it will be worth while to have been Prime Minister of England[ sic ]." "By God, that's true," Melbourne said, "I'll go!" [11]

Compromise was the key to many of Melbourne's actions. As an aristocrat, he had a vested interest in the status quo. He was opposed to the Reform Act 1832 proposed by the Whigs, arguing that Catholic emancipation had not ended in the tranquility expected of it, [12] but reluctantly agreed that it was necessary to forestall the threat of revolution. Later he opposed the repeal of the Corn Laws, arguing not only that Catholic emancipation had failed, but also that the Reform Act had not improved the condition of the people. [12] Melbourne was also a strong supporter of slavery, calling Britain's abolishment of slavey a "great folly" and if he had had his own way (as opposed to what many Whigs wanted), he would "have done nothing at all!" [13]

King William IV's opposition to the Whigs' reforming ways led him to dismiss Melbourne in November. He then gave the Tories under Sir Robert Peel an opportunity to form a government. Peel's failure to win a House of Commons majority in the resulting general election (January 1835) made it impossible for him to govern, and the Whigs returned to power under Melbourne that April. This was the last time a British monarch attempted to appoint a government against a parliamentary majority. [14]

Blackmailed

The next year, Melbourne was once again involved in a sex scandal. This time he was the victim of attempted blackmail from the husband of a close friend, society beauty and author Caroline Norton. The husband demanded £1,400, and when he was turned down he accused Melbourne of having an affair with his wife. [15] At this time such a scandal would be enough to derail a major politician, so it is a measure of the respect contemporaries had for his integrity that Melbourne's government did not fall. The king and the Duke of Wellington urged him to stay on as prime minister. After Norton failed in court, Melbourne was vindicated, but he did stop seeing Norton. [16]

Nonetheless, as historian Boyd Hilton concludes, "it is irrefutable that Melbourne's personal life was problematic. Spanking sessions with aristocratic ladies were harmless, not so the whippings administered to orphan girls taken into his household as objects of charity." [17]

Queen Victoria

Melbourne was Prime Minister when Queen Victoria came to the throne (June 1837). Barely eighteen, she was only just breaking free from the domineering influence of her mother, the Duchess of Kent, and her mother's adviser, Sir John Conroy. Over the next four years Melbourne trained her in the art of politics, and the two became friends: Victoria was quoted as saying she considered him like a father (her own had died when she was only eight months old), and Melbourne's son had died at a young age. [18] Melbourne was given a private apartment at Windsor Castle, and unfounded rumours circulated for a time that Victoria would marry Melbourne, 40 years her senior. Tutoring Victoria was the climax of Melbourne's career: the prime minister spent four to five hours a day visiting and writing to her, and she responded with enthusiasm. [19]

Lord Melbourne's tutoring of Victoria reached two points of serious political damage: first, the Lady Flora Hastings affair, followed not long after by the Bedchamber Crisis. Victoria's reputation suffered in an 1839 court intrigue when Hastings, one of her mother's ladies-in-waiting, developed an abdominal growth that was widely rumoured to be an out-of-wedlock pregnancy by Sir John Conroy. [20] Victoria believed the rumours, as did Lord Melbourne. [21] When Victoria told Melbourne of her suspicions, he planted in her head that Victoria's mother, Victoire, Duchess of Kent, was jealous of Hasting's closeseness to Conroy, which made Victoria excited and more resolute on the matter. [22] Initially, Melbourne "suggested quiet watchfulness" over Hastings's body changes. [23] But after the court physician, Sir James Clarke, had examined Hastings and generally concluded she wasn't pregnant, Melbourne was wholly persuaded Hastings must be pregnant from a throwaway comment that Clarke made about the appearance of virginity in spite of pregnancy. Melbourne immediately informed the queen. When Victoria observed to him that Hastings had not been seen in public for a while because "she was so sick," Melbourne "repeated, 'Sick?' with what the queen described as 'a significant laugh.'" [24]

Continued rule

Lord Melbourne (1844, age 65); detail from a painting by John Partridge. 2nd V Melbourne.jpg
Lord Melbourne (1844, age 65); detail from a painting by John Partridge.

On 7 May 1839, Melbourne announced his intention to resign. This led to the Bedchamber Crisis. Prospective prime minister Robert Peel requested that Victoria dismiss some of the wives and daughters of Whig MPs who made up her personal entourage, arguing that the monarch should avoid any hint of favouritism to a party out of power. The Queen refused to comply—supported by Melbourne, although he was unaware that Peel had not requested the resignation of all the Queen's ladies as she had led him to believe—and hence, Peel refused to form a new government, and Melbourne was persuaded to stay on as Prime Minister.[ citation needed ]

Melbourne left a considerable list of reforming legislation, which, although not as long as that of Lord Grey, is considered worthy nonetheless. Among his government's acts were a reduction in the number of capital offences, reforms of local government, and the reform of the Poor laws. This restricted the terms on which the poor were allowed relief and established compulsory admission to workhouses for the impoverished.[ citation needed ]

On 25 February 1841, Melbourne was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society. [26]

Final vote of no confidence and resignation

Following a vote of no confidence initiated by Conservative MP John Stuart-Wortley, Melbourne's government fell, and he resigned as Prime Minister on 30 August 1841. [27]

Later life: 1841–1848

A plaque marking the burial of Melbourne at St Etheldreda's Church, Hatfield, in Hertfordshire, England ViscountMelbournePlaque.jpg
A plaque marking the burial of Melbourne at St Etheldreda's Church, Hatfield, in Hertfordshire, England

After Melbourne resigned permanently in August 1841, Victoria continued to write to him about political matters, but as it was deemed inappropriate after a time their letters became cordial and non-political without issue. [28] It has been observed that Melbourne's role faded as Victoria increasingly relied on her new husband Prince Albert.[ citation needed ]

Though weakened, Melbourne survived a stroke fourteen months after his departure from politics.[ citation needed ] In retirement, he lived at Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire. He died on 24 November 1848 [29] at Brocket Hall and was buried at nearby St Etheldreda's Church, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. [30]

On his death, his titles passed to his brother Frederick, as both of his children—a son, George Augustus Frederick (1807–1836) and a premature daughter (born 1809, died at birth)—had predeceased him.[ citation needed ]

Legacy

Notes

  1. "LAMB, Hon. William (1779-1848), of Brocket Hall, Herts. | History of Parliament Online".
  2. Petworth- From 1660 to the present day, Peter Jerrome, The Window Press, 2006, pp. 62–63
  3. Nineteenth-Century British Premiers, Dick Leonard, pp. 163–179 URL= https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057/9780230227255_12 Date accessed= 14 October 2018
  4. Lord Melbourne, 1779–1848, L. G. Mitchell, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 6–7
  5. "Lamb, the Hon. Henry William (LM796HW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  6. History of Parliament article by R.G. Thorne.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Peter Mandler, "Lamb, William, second Viscount Melbourne (1779–1848)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 27 December 2009.
  8. "Ireland: Poetic justice at home of Byron's exiled lover". The Sunday Times . London. 17 November 2002. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 'Mad, bad and dangerous to know' has become Lord Byron’s lasting epitaph. Lady Caroline Lamb coined the phrase after her first meeting with the poet at a society event in 1812.
  9. Henry Dunckley, Lord Melbourne p 135
  10. Wales Online:Trade unions to mark the legacy of Dic Penderyn and the Merthyr Uprising on 70-mile memorial walk: Robin Turner 2 August 2013: Accessed 12 August 2017
  11. Cecil, David (2001). The Young Melbourne & Lord M. W&N. p. 321. ISBN   9781842124970.
  12. 1 2 Cecil, David, Melbourne, (Indianapolis, 1954), p.422
  13. Lord Melbourne, 1779–1848, L. G. Mitchell, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 198
  14. Newbould, I. D. C. (1976). "William IV and the Dismissal of the Whigs, 1834". Canadian Journal of History. 11 (3): 311–30.
  15. Wroath, John (1998). Until They Are Seven, The Origins of Women's Legal Rights. Waterside Press. ISBN   1 872 870 57 0.
  16. David Cecil, Melbourne (1954) ch 11
  17. Boyd Hilton, A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People? England 1783–1846 (2006), p. 500.
  18. "History of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne – GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  19. Cecil, Melbourne ch 14
  20. Hibbert, p. 77-78; Weintraub, 119-121
  21. Hibbert, p. 77-78; Weintraub, 119-121
  22. Weintraub, 119
  23. Weintraub, 119
  24. Hibbert, p. 79
  25. Partridge, John (1844). William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. NPG 941. Retrieved from http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw04359/William-Lamb-2nd-Viscount-Melbourne.
  26. "Lists of Royal Society Fellows". Archived from the original on 22 January 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2006.
  27. "Confidence in the Ministry— Adjourned Debate (Fifth Day)". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) . 58. House of Commons. 4 June 1841. col. 1121–1247. Retrieved 20 February 2016.[Narrower col range needed][Narrower col range needed]
  28. Weintraub (1997), pp. 131.
  29. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 18, 11th Edition
  30. Hibbard, Scott David. "William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne". geni.com. geni.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  31. Anonymous. "Short history of Melbourne". Only Melbourne. Only Melbourne. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  32. "History of the City of Melbourne" (PDF). City of Melbourne. November 1997. pp. 8–10. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  33. Ross, James Clark (2011) [1847]. A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, During the Years 1839–43. 1. Cambridge University Press. p. 205. ISBN   9781108030854 via Google Books.
  34. "Victoria (TV Series 2016– )". IMDb. Retrieved October 27, 2018.

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Preceded by
Henry Goulburn
Chief Secretary for Ireland
1827–1828
Succeeded by
The Lord Francis Leveson-Gower
Preceded by
Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Home Secretary
1830–1834
Succeeded by
Viscount Duncannon
Preceded by
The Earl Grey
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
16 July 1834 – 14 November 1834
Succeeded by
The Duke of Wellington
(caretaker, followed by)
Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Leader of the House of Lords
1834
Succeeded by
The Duke of Wellington
Preceded by
Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
18 April 1835 – 30 August 1841
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Preceded by
The Duke of Wellington
Leader of the House of Lords
1835–1841
Succeeded by
The Duke of Wellington
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Lubbock
Charles Kinnaird
Member of Parliament for Leominster
1806
With: John Lubbock
Succeeded by
John Lubbock
Henry Bonham
Preceded by
Sir Oswald Mosley
Member of Parliament for Portarlington
18071812
Succeeded by
Arthur Shakespeare
Preceded by
William Elliot
George Ponsonby
Member of Parliament for Peterborough
1816–1819
With: William Elliot 1816–1819
Sir James Scarlett 1819
Succeeded by
Sir James Scarlett
Sir Robert Heron, Bt
Preceded by
Thomas Brand
Sir John Saunders Sebright
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
1819–1826
With: Sir John Saunders Sebright
Succeeded by
Sir John Saunders Sebright
Nicolson Calvert
Preceded by
George Canning
William Henry John Scott
Member of Parliament for Newport (Isle of Wight)
1827
With: William Henry John Scott
Succeeded by
William Henry John Scott
Spencer Perceval
Preceded by
William Russell
Charles Tennyson
Member of Parliament for Bletchingley
1827–1828
With: Charles Tennyson
Succeeded by
Charles Tennyson
William Ewart
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Earl Grey
Leaders of the British Whig Party
1834–1842
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Lansdowne
Lord John Russell
Whig Leader in the House of Lords
1834–1842
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Lansdowne
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Peniston Lamb
Viscount Melbourne
Baron Melbourne

1828–1848
Succeeded by
Frederick Lamb
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peniston Lamb
Baron Melbourne
1828–1848
Succeeded by
Frederick Lamb

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Frederick Lamb, 3rd Viscount Melbourne British diplomat

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George Byng, 2nd Earl of Strafford British politician

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Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg British politician

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