Frederick Lambart, 9th Earl of Cavan

Frederick Edward Gould Lambart, 9th Earl of Cavan KP, PC, DL, JP (21 October 1839 – 14 July 1900) styled Viscount Kilcoursie until 1887, was an Irish soldier and Liberal politician. He served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household in 1886 in William Ewart Gladstone's third administration.

The Earl of Cavan
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Frederick Lambart, 9th Earl of Cavan
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
19 February 1886 – 20 July 1886
Prime MinisterWilliam Ewart Gladstone
Preceded byViscount Lewisham
Succeeded byViscount Lewisham
Personal details
Born21 October 1839 (1839-10-21)
Died14 July 1900 (1900-07-15) (aged 60)
Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
Political partyLiberal
Mary Olive
(m. 1863)


Kilcoursie was the eldest son of Frederick Lambart, 8th Earl of Cavan, and his wife, Hon. Caroline Augusta Littleton, daughter of Edward Littleton, 1st Baron Hatherton.[1]

Military careerEdit

Kilcoursie was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy and served at the Siege of Sebastopol in 1854–55. He was also at the bombardment of Canton in 1856, and at the attack on Peiho Forts in 1858.[1]

Lord Cavan with friends on his yacht Roseneath, in 1895

Political careerEdit

Kilcoursie stood unsuccessfully for parliament for Taunton in February 1882 and for Somerset in February 1884. At the 1885 general election, he was returned for South Somerset, a seat he until he stood down at the 1892 general election.[2] In February 1886 he was sworn of the Privy Council[3] and appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household in William Ewart Gladstone's Liberal Government,[4] which he remained until the administration fell in July of the same year.[5] He succeeded in the earldom on the death of his father in 1887. As this was an Irish peerage it did not entitle him to an automatic seat in the House of Lords and he was allowed to remain in the House of Commons. In 1894 he was invested a Knight of St Patrick.[1][6] Lord Cavan was also a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Somerset and a Justice of the Peace for Hertfordshire.[1][7]


The Roseneath in Paxo Harbour 1895

He wrote two books covering his extended holidays taken on his steam yacht Roseneath: With the Yacht, Camera, and Cycle in the Mediterranean (1895), 95 plates, and With the Yacht, Camera, and Cycle in Eastern Waters (1897), 58 plates and 1 folding map.[8]


Lord Cavan died at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, in July 1900, aged 60, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Frederick. The Countess of Cavan Wheathampstead House, Hertfordshire, in August 1905, aged 59.[1]


Lord Cavan married Mary Sneade Olive (1846–1905), only child of Reverend John Olive, Rector of Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire, in 1863. They had three sons and two daughters:


  1. ^ a b c d e Frederick Edward Gould Lambart, 9th Earl of the County of Cavan
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 381. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  3. ^ "No. 25560". The London Gazette. 19 February 1886. p. 796.
  4. ^ "No. 25560". The London Gazette. 19 February 1886. p. 797.
  5. ^ "No. 25615". The London Gazette. 10 August 1886. p. 3853.
  6. ^ Knights of St Patrick
  7. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  8. ^ Lambart, F. R. (1901). Bibiitheca Lindesiana Vol III Catalogue of the Printed Books preserved at Haigh Hall, Wigan (PDF). Aberdeen University Press. Retrieved 25 July 2018. Books by F. R. Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan, incorrect the books were written by the 9th Earl

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