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The Earl of Guilford.

Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford (7 February 1766 – 14 October 1827), known as the Honourable Frederick North until 1817, was a British politician and colonial administrator.

North was a younger son of Prime Minister Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford (usually referred to as Lord North). He represented Banbury in Parliament from 1792 to 1794 and served as Governor of Ceylon from 1798 to 1805. In 1817 he succeeded his elder brother as fifth Earl of Guilford.

In 1824 North established the Ionian Academy on the island of Corfu, which was under British control. It was the first University to be established in Modern Greece. The academy has now closed but a statue of the Earl stands on the island. Also a library and a street are named after him.[1]

In 1791, he converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church and became an ardent adherent.[1]

Lord Guilford died childless in October 1827, aged 61, and was succeeded in his titles by a cousin.


  1. ^ Miller,p.123


  • Miller,W., The Ottoman Empire and its Successors: 1801-1927 (London,1966), p. 123
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Lord North
Member of Parliament for Banbury
Succeeded by
William Holbech
Government offices
Preceded by
New office
Governor of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Thomas Maitland
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Francis North
Earl of Guilford
Succeeded by
Francis North


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