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Hugh Fortescue, 4th Earl Fortescue (16 April 1854–29 October 1932) was an English Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1881 until 1892 and later inherited the peerage.

Viscount Ebrington by Carlo Pellegrini, 1887.

Fortescue was the son of Hugh Fortescue, 3rd Earl Fortescue and his wife Georgiana Augusta Charlotte Caroline Dawson-Damer, daughter of George Lionel Dawson-Damer. He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] Known by his courtesy title of Viscount Ebrington, he was a captain in the North Devon Hussar Yeoman Cavalry and a J.P. for Devon and South Molton, and a Deputy Lieutenant for Devon. He was Master of the Devon and Somerset Stag-hounds. He was at one time private secretary to Lord President of the Council Earl Spencer.[2]

In 1881 Fortescue was elected Liberal Member of Parliament for Tiverton and held the seat until 1885 when representation was reduced to one member under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.[3] In 1885 he was elected MP for Tavistock.[4] When the Liberals split in 1886 over Home Rule for Ireland, he joined the breakaway Liberal Unionists. He held the seat until 1892.

Fortescue succeeded to the Earldom on the death of his father in 1905. He was A.D.C. to King Edward VII from 1903 to 1910 and received KCB in 1911. He was A.D.C to King George V from 1910 to 1921. He was Lord-Lieutenant of Devon from 1903 to 1928 and was also Chairman of the County Council. He became Colonel of the North Devon Yeomanry and President and Chairman of the Territorial Force Advisory Council. He was Grand Master of Freemasons in Devon.

Fortescue lived at Castle Hill, South Molton. He died at the age of 78.

Fortescue married his cousin, Hon. Emily Ormsby-Gore, daughter of William Ormsby-Gore, 2nd Baron Harlech, on 15 July 1886. They had three children:

References

  1. ^ Ebrington, Hugh, Viscount in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  2. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.  
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.  
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Massey
John Heathcote-Amery
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
1881–1885
With: John Heathcote-Amery
Succeeded by
Sir William Walrond
Preceded by
Lord Arthur John Edward Russell
Member of Parliament for Tavistock
1885–1892
Succeeded by
Hugh Luttrell
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Clinton
Lord Lieutenant of Devon
1904–1928
Succeeded by
The Lord Mildmay of Flete
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hugh Fortescue
Earl Fortescue
1905–1932
Succeeded by
Hugh Fortescue
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