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Albert Denison Denison, 1st Baron Londesborough, KCH, FRS, FSA (21 October 1805 – 15 January 1860) was a British politician and diplomat, known as Lord Albert Conyngham from 1816-49.


Early life and career

Born Hon. Albert Denison Conyngham, he was the third son of the 1st Earl Conyngham and his wife Elizabeth née Denison. He was educated at Eton and was an officer in the Royal Horse Guards before joining the diplomatic service. In 1824, he was Attaché to Berlin, Vienna in 1825 and Secretary of the Legation to Florence in 1828 and Berlin from 1829-31.

Conyngham was knighted in 1829 and in 1835 he was elected as Liberal Member of Parliament for Canterbury, a seat he held until 1841 and again from 1847-50. From 1844-45, he had been First President of the British Archaeological Association and sometime Vice-Admiral of the Yorkshire Coast. In 1849, he changed his surname to Denison under the terms of the will of his maternal uncle, William Joseph Denison and was created Baron Londesborough a year later. In 1851, he bought The Monarch of the Glen for £840.[1]


On 6 July 1833, Londesborough had married Hon. Henrietta Weld-Forester (a daughter of the 1st Baron Forester) and they had six children:

  • Hon. William Henry Forester (1834-1900)
  • Hon. Albert Denison Somerville (1835-1903)
  • Hon. Henrietta Elizabeth Sophia (d. 1924), married Sir Phillip Egerton, 11th Baronet and had issue.
  • Hon. Selina Camerina Charlotte (d. 1852)
  • Hon. Isabella Maria (d. 1856)
  • Hon. Augusta Elizabeth (d. 1887), married the 3rd Baron Wrottesley and had issue.

Londesborough's first wife died in 1841 and on 21 December 1847, he married Ursula Bridgeman (a daughter of R.-Adml. Hon. Charles Bridgeman) and they also had six children:

  • Hon. Henry Charles (1849-1936)
  • Hon. Conyngham Albert (1851-1938)
  • Hon. Harold Albert (1856-1949)
  • Hon. Evelyn Albert (1859-1883)
  • Hon. Ursula Elizabeth (d. 1880)
  • Hon. Albertina Agnes Mary (d. 1929), married the 1st Baron Treowen and had issue.


Lord Londesborough died in 1860 and his title was inherited by his eldest son, William, who was later created Earl of Londesborough in 1887. His second wife later married Lord Otho FitzGerald.



  1. ^ Stead, William Thomas. The Review of Reviews. Vol. 23.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Watson
Viscount Fordwich
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
1835 – 1841
With: Frederick Villiers 1835
Stephen Lushington 1835–1837
James Bradshaw 1837–1841
Succeeded by
James Bradshaw
George Smythe
Preceded by
James Bradshaw
George Smythe
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
1847 – 1850
With: George Smythe
Succeeded by
George Smythe
Frederick Romilly
Honorary titles
Title last held by
The Earl of Mulgrave
Vice-Admiral of Yorkshire
1853 – 1860
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Londesborough
1850 – 1860
Succeeded by
William Denison


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