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Henry Windsor Villiers-Stuart (13 September 1827-12 October 1895), was a British soldier, clergyman and politician.

Villiers-Stuart was the son of Henry Villiers-Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Decies, son of Lord Henry Stuart and his wife Lady Gertrude Amelia, daughter of George Mason-Villiers, 2nd Earl Grandison. His paternal great-grandfather was John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute, son of Prime Minister John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. His mother was Theresia Pauline, of Vienna, Austria. His parents had been married in a Roman Catholic service at St James's, Spanish Place, London, and also under Scottish law, but there was uncertainty over whether Theresia was free to marry. Villiers-Stuart served in the Austrian Army from 1844 to 1846 and in the British Army from 1846 to 1847. He was later ordained and served as Vicar of Bulkington, Warwickshire, from 1852 to 1855 and of Napton from 1855 to 1871.

The latter year he resigned Holy Orders in order to pursue a political career and was successfully returned to Parliament for County Waterford in 1873. His father died the following year and he then resigned his seat so that he could pursue his claim to the barony of Stuart de Decies. However, Stuart-Villiers was unable to satisfactorily claim that his parents were legally married and was not allowed to assume the title. He was again elected to the House of Commons for County Waterford in 1880, a seat he held until 1885. After the British intervention in Egypt in 1882 he was sent by the British government to report on the conditions of the people in this county, and produced several books on the topic, including Egypt after the War.

Stuart-Villiers married Mary Power in 1865. They had five sons and four daughters. He died in October 1895, aged 68, after falling from his boat on the River Blackwater. His wife survived him by twelve years and died in September 1907.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Esmonde, Bt
Edmond de la Poer
Member of Parliament for County Waterford
with Sir John Esmonde, Bt

Succeeded by
Sir John Esmonde, Bt
Lord Charles Beresford
Preceded by
Lord Charles Beresford
James Delahunty
Member of Parliament for County Waterford
with John Aloysius Blake 1880–1884
Patrick Joseph Power 1884–1885

Constituency abolished


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