Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland


Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland

Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland (20 April 1785 – 11 February 1847) was a British aristocrat and Tory politician who served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland under the Duke of Wellington from 1829 to 1830.

Percy was the son of Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland and Frances Julia Burrell. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. He entered parliament as the member for Buckingham in July 1806. In September of that year he was elected member for the City of Westminster, on the death of Charles James Fox. He declined to fight the seat at the general election two months later, instead being returned for Launceston. In 1807 he offered himself as a candidate for the county of Northumberland in opposition to Charles, Lord Howick (afterwards the 2nd Earl Grey), who declined to contest the seat. Percy was returned unopposed, and continued to sit until 1812, when he was called to the House of Lords by the title Baron Percy.John Latimer. "Local Records, or, Historical Register of Remarkable Events". 1857]

In 1817 he succeeded his father as Duke of Northumberland. In the same year he married Lady Charlotte Florentia Clive, eldest daughter of Earl Powys. (She was later to be appointed governess of Princess Victoria, the later Queen Victoria). He served as Ambassador Extraordinary at the coronation of Charles X of France in 1825, defraying the expenses thereof himself, and he "astonished the continental nobility of the magnitude of his retinue, the gorgeousness of his equippage, and the profuseness of his liberality". in March 1829 he was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. In November 1834 he was elected high Steward of the university of Cambridge, holding that honour until 1840 when he was made Chancellor of the University.John Latimer. "Local Records, or, Historical Register of Remarkable Events". 1857]

He played a prominent role in the establishment of the Church Building Society responsible for building the so-called "Waterloo churches" during the early 19th century. He proposed the CBS's formation at a meeting in the Freemasons' Hall, London on 6 February 1818, chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Society lobbied parliament to provide funding for a church building programme, and parliament subsequently passed the Church Building Act, voting £l,000,000 to the cause.

He also played a part in the development of football (soccer) in a time when it was a controversial game by providing a field for the annual Alnwick Shrove Tuesday game and presenting the ball before the match — a ritual that continues to this day.

He died at Alnwick, and his remains were transported to London by train on the 19th February, to be interred in Westminster Abbey on the 23rd February. In August 1851 an altar monument to the Duke was placed in St. Paul's Church, Alnwick.John Latimer. "Local Records, or, Historical Register of Remarkable Events". 1857]

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland — Lieutenant General Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland, FRS (14 August 1742 ndash; 10 July 1817), born Hugh Smithson, was the eldest son of the 1st Duke of Northumberland. He assumed the surname of Percy by Act of Parliament along with his… …   Wikipedia

  • Duke of Northumberland — The Duke of Northumberland is a title in the peerage of Great Britain that has been created several times. Since the third creation in 1766, the title has belonged to the House of Percy (Perci), which held the title of Earl of Northumberland from …   Wikipedia

  • Duke of Atholl — See also: Earl of Atholl Arms of His Grace the Duke of Atholl Duke of Atholl, alternatively Duke of Athole, named after Atholl in Scotland, is a title in the Peerage of Scotland held by the head of Clan Murray. It was created by Queen Anne in… …   Wikipedia

  • Duke of Somerset — Coat of Arms of the Seymour Dukes of Somerset: Quarterly: 1st and 4th or, on a pile gules, between six fleurs de lys azure, three lions of England (or); 2nd and 3rd, gules, two wings conjoined in lure or (Debrett on line) Duke of Somerset is a… …   Wikipedia

  • House of Percy — Armorial of Percy Country Kingdom of England, United Kingdom Titles Duke of Northumberland Earl of Worcester Earl of Egremont Baron Percy …   Wikipedia

  • Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland — This is a list of people who have served as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland. Since 1802, all Lords Lieutenant have also been Custos Rotulorum of Northumberland.*Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland ?–1489 *Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of… …   Wikipedia

  • Royal Northumberland Fusiliers — Northumberland Fusiliers Badge of the Northumberland Fusiliers Active 1674–1968 Country …   Wikipedia

  • Baron Percy — The title Baron Percy has been created several times in the Peerage of England. The first, in 1066, became extinct in 1299. The second, in 1299, became extinct in 1517. The third, in 1557, became extinct in 1670. The present creation was in 1722 …   Wikipedia

  • Custos Rotulorum of Northumberland — This is a list of people who have served as Custos Rotulorum of Northumberland. Robert Horsley bef. 1547–? Sir Robert Brandling bef. 1558–1568 Sir John Forster bef. 1573 – aft. 1594 Ralph Eure, 4th Baron Eure 1596–1598 Sir Robert Carey 1598 – bef …   Wikipedia

  • Walter Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch — Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch, 10th Duke of Queensberry KT GCVO TD PC (December 30 1894 ndash;October 4 1973) was a politician and Conservative peer. He was the son of John Montagu Douglas Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch.… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.