Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Richmond, 6th Duke of Lennox, and 1st Duke of Gordon, Conservative politician.(27 February 1818 – 27 September 1903), styled Lord Settrington until 1819 and then Earl of March until 1860, was a British
Background and educationEdit
Born at Richmond House, London, he was the son of Charles Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond and Lennox and Lady Caroline, daughter of Field Marshal Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey. He was educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, where he had a short career as a cricketer. He served in the Royal Horse Guards and was aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington.
March entered politics as member for Sussex West in 1841. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1859. In 1860, he succeeded his father as Duke of Richmond and entered the House of Lords. He chaired the Royal Commission on Capital Punishment, which reported in 1866, and the Royal Commission on Water Supply in 1869, which concluded that there was a need for some sort of overall planning of water supplies for domestic use.
He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1867, and filled various positions in government in the Conservative administrations of the Earl of Derby, Disraeli and the marquess of Salisbury. In 1876 he was rewarded for his public service by being created Duke of Gordon and Earl of Kinrara in the peerage of the United Kingdom. He was also Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen from 1861 until his death at Gordon Castle in 1903.
Richmond married Frances Harriett Greville, daughter of Algernon Greville, on 28 November 1843. They had six children:
- Lady Caroline Gordon-Lennox (12 October 1844 – 2 November 1934), who acted as chatelaine of Goodwood after her mother's death in 1887. She died unmarried in 1934.
- Charles Gordon-Lennox, 7th Duke of Richmond (1845–1928)
- Lord Algernon Charles Gordon-Lennox (19 September 1847 – 3 October 1921), married Blanche Maynard and had issue one daughter, Ivy Gordon-Lennox, (16 June 1887 – 3 March 1982), who m. William Cavendish-Bentinck, 7th Duke of Portland.
- Captain Lord Francis Charles Gordon-Lennox (30 July 1849 – 1 January 1886), died unmarried
- Lady Florence Gordon-Lennox (21 June 1851 – 21 July 1895), died unmarried
- Lord Walter Charles Gordon-Lennox (29 July 1865 – 21 October 1922), married Alice Ogilvie-Grant and had issue
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