William Vane, 1st Duke of Cleveland

His Grace
The Duke of Cleveland

The Duke of Cleveland by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1820.
Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham
In office
Monarch George III
George IV
William IV
Preceded by The Earl of Darlington
Succeeded by The Marquess of Londonderry
Personal details
Born 27 July 1766
Died 29 January 1842 (1842-01-30) (aged 75)
St James's Square, Westminster, London, England
Nationality British
Spouse(s) (1) Lady Catherine Powlett
(2) Elizabeth Russell
(c. 1777–1861)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Arms of Vane: Azure, three sinister gauntlets (appaumée) or[1] These are a difference of the arms of the Fane family, Earls of Westmorland from 1624, which show: three dexter gauntlets back affrontée, with identical tinctures

William Harry Vane, 1st Duke of Cleveland KG (27 July 1766 – 29 January 1842), styled Viscount Barnard until 1792 and known as The Earl of Darlington between 1792 and 1827 and as The Marquess of Cleveland between 1827 and 1833, was a British landowner and politician.

Background and education

Styled Viscount Barnard from birth, he was the son of Henry Vane, 2nd Earl of Darlington, son of Henry Vane, 1st Earl of Darlington and Lady Grace FitzRoy, daughter of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Cleveland, son of King Charles II by his mistress Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland. His mother was Margaret Lowther, daughter of Robert Lowther, Governor of Barbados, and sister of James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale. He was baptised at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace (with the names William Harry which he later changed to William Henry). He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.[2]

Public life

Barnard was Whig Member of Parliament for Totnes from 1788 to 1790[2][3] and for Winchelsea from 1790 to 1792.[2][4] The latter year he succeeded his father in the earldom and took his seat in the House of Lords. He also succeeded his father as Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, a post he held until his death.[5] In 1810 he successfully laid claim to the Pulteney Estate in Bath after the Countess of Bath died intestate in 1808. In 1827 he was created Marquess of Cleveland,[6] a revival of the Cleveland title held by his ancestors. He was Bearer of the Third Sword at King William IV's coronation on 8 September 1831.[7] In 1833 he was made Baron Raby, of Raby Castle in the County Palatine of Durham, and Duke of Cleveland.[8] He was even further honoured when he was made a Knight of the Garter in 1839.[9]

His promotions through the ranks of the peerage were not uncontroversial. Greville noted in his diary on 8 September 1831:

Howe told me yesterday morning in Westminster Abbey that Lord Cleveland is to be made a duke, though it is not yet acknowledged if it is to be so. There has been a battle about that; they say that he got his boroughs to be made a marquis and got rid of them to be made a duke.”[10]


Cleveland married his cousin, Lady Catherine Powlett (17661807), daughter of Harry Powlett, 6th Duke of Bolton, on 17 September 1787 at her father's seat, Hackwood Park. They had eight children:

After his first wife's death in London in June 1807, Cleveland married as his second wife, Elizabeth Russell (c. 17771861), daughter of Robert Russell, on 27 July 1813. There were no children from this marriage. Cleveland died at St James's Square, Westminster, London, in January 1842, aged 75, and was buried at Staindrop, County Durham. His eldest son Henry succeeded in the dukedom. The Duchess of Cleveland died in January 1861.[2]


  1. Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.115, which omits appaumée, useful in differentiating from Fane arms; concerning appaumée Cussans (1898) states: "In blazoning a Hand, besides stating what position it occupies, and whether it be the dexter or sinister, and erased or couped, it must be mentioned whether it be clenched or appaumé". (Cussans, John, Handbook of Heraldry, 2nd Edition, London, 1868, p.47, p.92)
  2. 1 2 3 4 thepeerage.com Sir William Henry Vane, 1st Duke of Cleveland
  3. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)
  4. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 4)
  5. leighrayment.com Peerage: Cleveland to Columbers
  6. The London Gazette: no. 18397. p. 1955. 18 September 1827.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 18848. p. 1865. 13 September 1831.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 19013. p. 97. 15 January 1833.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 19726. p. 832. 19 April 1839.
  10. Charles C. F. Greville, A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV, volume II (London, Longmans Green & Co, 1874), at page 192
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Philip Jennings-Clerke, Bt
Henry Phipps
Member of Parliament for Totnes
With: Henry Phipps
Succeeded by
William Powlett Powlett
Francis Buller Yarde
Preceded by
John Nesbitt
William Nedham
Member of Parliament for Winchelsea
With: Richard Barwell
Succeeded by
Richard Barwell
Sir Frederick Fletcher-Vane, Bt
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Darlington
Lord Lieutenant of County Durham
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Londonderry
Title last held by
The Earl of Darlington
Vice-Admiral of Durham
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New title Duke of Cleveland
Succeeded by
Henry Vane
New title Marquess of Cleveland
Succeeded by
Henry Vane
New title Baron Raby
Succeeded by
Henry Vane
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Vane
Earl of Darlington
Succeeded by
Henry Vane
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