Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle

Edward Charles Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (18 August 1920 – 25 December 1988), known as Edward Pelham-Clinton until November 1988, was an English nobleman, a duke for less than two months at the end of his life, inheriting the titles from a third cousin. He had previously served in the Royal Artillery in the Second World War, during which he was once mentioned in dispatches. He later had a career as a lepidopterist.

The Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne
In office
4 November 1988 – 25 December 1988
Preceded byHenry Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 9th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne
Personal details
Edward Pelham-Clinton

(1920-08-18)18 August 1920
Died25 December 1988(1988-12-25) (aged 68)
Military service
UnitBritish Army: Royal Artillery
AwardsMentioned in dispatches

Education and careerEdit

Pelham-Clinton was the son of Guy Edward Pelham-Clinton, an army officer and a grandson of Lord Charles Clinton, who was a younger son of Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Oxford, and served as an officer in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War, rising to the rank of captain. His younger brother, Alastair Pelham-Clinton, was a Royal Air Force Flying Officer and died in 1943 aged twenty.[1]

An expert lepidopterist, from 1960 to 1980 Pelham-Clinton was Deputy Keeper of the Royal Scottish Museum, in Edinburgh.[2] He acted as an associate editor of six volumes of the series The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland.

Brief succession to dukedom and earldomEdit

Pelham-Clinton succeeded his third cousin in the earldom and dukedom in November 1988. He died one month and 21 days later, aged 68, unmarried.[2] As all other heirs male from the second duke's line had died, the dukedom became extinct, but his title of Earl of Lincoln was inherited by a very distant kinsman. He left an estate valued for probate at £2,222,203, equivalent to £6,000,000 in 2019, and his stated usual abode was Furzeleigh House, Axminster.


  1. ^ "Person Page". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 21 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Person Page". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 21 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Pelham-Clinton-Hope
Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne
November–December 1988
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry Pelham-Clinton-Hope
Earl of Lincoln
November–December 1988
Succeeded by
Edward Fiennes-Clinton