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Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington
Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington
3rd Earl of Harrington
Preceded by William Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Harrington (Father)
Succeeded by Charles Stanhope, 4th Earl of Harrington (Son)
Personal details
Born Charles Stanhope
(1753-03-17)17 March 1753
Died 5 September 1829(1829-09-05) (aged 76)
Brighton, East Sussex
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Jane Flemming (daughter of Sir John Fleming, 1st Baronet; a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte)
Parents William Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Harrington
Lady Caroline FitzRoy, daughter of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton
Residence Elvaston Castle
Occupation Peer and Soldier

General Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington, G.C.H., PC, PC (Ire) (17 March 1753 – 5 September 1829), styled Viscount Petersham until 1779, was a British soldier. Stanhope is sometimes confused with an exact contemporary of his, the 3rd Earl Stanhope.

Early life

Coat of Arms of the Earl of Harrington

Stanhope was the son of William Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Harrington and Lady Caroline Fitzroy, daughter of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton and Lady Henrietta Somerset, daughter of Charles Somerset, Marquess of Worcester and Rebecca Child. He was educated at Eton.[1]

Military career

Stanhope was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1769.[1] He was briefly Member of Parliament for UK Parliament constituency and then for UK Parliament constituency.[1] During the Saratoga campaign of the American Revolutionary War as Viscount Petersham, Charles Stanhope commanded the 29th Regiment of Foot's Grenadier company and as an aide-de-camp to General John Burgoyne.[1]

Viscount Petersham can be seen in the famous painting "The Burial of General Fraser at Saratoga" standing above Simon Fraser.

Family

Lord Harrington was married to Jane Fleming, daughter of Sir John Fleming, 1st Baronet. She was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte.[2] Lord and Lady Harrington had eleven children:

  • Charles Stanhope, 4th Earl of Harrington (8 April 1780 – 3 March 1851). He was married to Maria Foote, daughter of Samuel Foote.
  • Maj-Gen. Hon. Lincoln Edwin Robert Stanhope (26 November 1781 – 29 February 1840).
  • Anna Maria Stanhope, Duchess of Bedford (3 September 1783 – 3 July 1857). She was married to Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford.
  • Leicester FitzGerald Charles Stanhope, 5th Earl of Harrington (2 September 1784 – 7 September 1862). He married Elizabeth Green, daughter of William Green and Ann Rose Hall. His parents-in-law were residents of Jamaica.
  • Rev. Hon. FitzRoy Henry Richard Stanhope (24 April 1787 – 11 April 1864). [Anglican] Dean of St Buryan, Cornwall and Anglican Rector of Catton and of Wressle in Yorkshire. He married Caroline Wyndham, illegitimate daughter of the Hon. Charles Wyndham. They were parents of Charles Wyndham Stanhope, 7th Earl of Harrington, his younger brother Percy Stanhope and of several other children.
  • Maj. Hon. Sir Francis Charles Stanhope (29 September 1788 – 9 October 1862). He had three children by Hannah Wilson, daughter of James Wilson of Parsonstown Manor, County Meath.
  • Rev. Hon. Henry William Stanhope (2 August 1790 – 21 June 1872). Anglican Rector of Gawsworth.
  • Lady Caroline Anne Stanhope (20 November 1791 – 25 November 1853). She was married to Edward Ayshford Sanford.
  • Lady Charlotte Augusta Stanhope (15 February 1793 – 15 February 1859). She was married to Augustus Frederick FitzGerald, 3rd Duke of Leinster. They were parents to Charles William FitzGerald, 4th Duke of Leinster and another three children.
  • Hon. Augustus Stanhope (25 March 1794 – 8 December 1831).

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Seymour Conway
John Drummond
Member of Parliament for Thetford
1774
With: Henry Seymour Conway
Succeeded by
Charles FitzRoy
Charles FitzRoy-Scudamore
Preceded by
Earl Percy
Lord Thomas Pelham-Clinton
Member of Parliament for Westminster
1776–1779
With: Lord Thomas Pelham-Clinton
Succeeded by
Lord Thomas Pelham-Clinton
Viscount Malden
Military offices
Preceded by
The Lord Dover
Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Life Guards
1792–1829
Succeeded by
The Viscount Combermere
Preceded by
The Viscount Cathcart
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
1806–1812
Succeeded by
The Earl of Hopetoun
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Cardigan
Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle
1812–1829
Succeeded by
The Marquess Conyngham
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Stanhope
Earl of Harrington
1779–1829
Succeeded by
Charles Stanhope

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