Hugh Fortescue, 3rd Earl Fortescue

Fortescue as caricatured in Vanity Fair, September 1881

Hugh Fortescue, 3rd Earl Fortescue DL (4 April 1818 10 October 1905), known as Viscount Ebrington from 1841 to 1861, was a British peer and occasional Liberal Party politician.


He was born in London on 4 April 1818. He was the eldest son of Hugh Fortescue, 2nd Earl Fortescue (1783-1861), by his first wife, Lady Susan (died 1827), eldest daughter of Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby. [1] He was a Cambridge Apostle.

He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Devon on 4th March 1839.[2]

He entered the House of Commons in 1841 as a member for Plymouth. He lost this seat in 1852, but returned in 1854 for Marylebone, which seat he held until 1859, when he was called up to the House of Lords by a writ of acceleration. In 1861, he succeeded to his father's earldom. [1]


He married Georgiana Augusta Caroline Dawson-Damer (13 June 1826 - 08 Dec 1866), granddaughter of John Dawson, 1st Earl of Portarlington, on 1 March 1847. They had fourteen children:



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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Collier
Thomas Beaumont Bewes
Member of Parliament for Plymouth
With: Roundell Palmer
Succeeded by
Charles John Mare
Robert Collier
Preceded by
Sir Benjamin Hall, Bt
Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart
Member of Parliament for Marylebone
With: Sir Benjamin Hall, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Benjamin Hall, Bt
Edwin James
Political offices
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Parliamentary Secretary to the Poor Law Board
Succeeded by
Ralph William Grey
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hugh Fortescue
Earl Fortescue
Succeeded by
Hugh Fortescue
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Hugh Fortescue
Baron Fortescue
(writ in acceleration)

Succeeded by
Hugh Fortescue

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