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George Osborne, 10th Duke of Leeds

George Godolphin Osborne, 10th Duke of Leeds JP (18 September 1862 – 10 May 1927),[1] styled Earl of Danby from birth until 1872 and subsequently Marquess of Carmarthen until 1895, was a British peer and Conservative politician.

The Duke of Leeds

George Godolphin Osborne, 10th Duke of Leeds.jpg
Treasurer of the Household
In office
Preceded byArthur George Brand
Succeeded byThe Viscount Curzon
Member of Parliament for Brixton
In office
Preceded byErnest Baggallay
Succeeded byEvelyn Hubbard



He was the second and oldest surviving son of George Osborne, 9th Duke of Leeds, and his wife, Hon. Frances Georgiana Pitt-Rivers, daughter of George Pitt-Rivers, 4th Baron Rivers.[2] Osborne was educated at Eton College and then at Trinity College, Cambridge.[3][4]


Osborne entered the British House of Commons in 1887, representing Brixton until 1895, when he succeeded his father in his titles.[5] In his first three years as Member of Parliament (MP), he was assistant secretary to Henry Holland, 1st Viscount Knutsford.[6]

He served as Treasurer of the Household in 1895 and 1896,[6] and sat in the London County Council.[7] Osborne was a Justice of the Peace for the North Riding of the County of York.[4] He was a lieutenant in the Yorkshire Hussars and an honorary captain in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.[2] Osborne commanded the Royal Yacht Squadron and was a naval aide-de-camp to the king.[4]

The Duke was noted for his racing greyhounds. His gambling debts played a part in the sale of the family seat Hornby Castle by his heir.[8]


Ancestral arms of the Osborne family, Dukes of Leeds

On 13 February 1884 he married Lady Katherine Frances Lambton, second daughter of George Lambton, 2nd Earl of Durham, and Lady Beatrix Frances Hamilton, at St Paul's Knightsbridge, and had by her, four daughters and one son.[2][9]

Osborne died on 10 May 1927, aged sixty-four, and was buried on 14 May.[9] He was succeeded in the peerage by his only son, John.[10]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Cokayne, George Edward (1887). Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. vol. V. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 39.
  3. ^ "Osborne, George Godolphin, Marquess of Carmarthen (OSBN882GG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ a b c Walford, Edward (1919). The County Families of the United Kingdom. London: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. p. 793.
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Brixton". Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  6. ^ a b Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companioage. J. Whitaker & Sons. 1923. p. 371.
  7. ^ Who is Who 1914 (66th ed.). London: Adam & Charles Black. 1914. p. 1227.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Hornby Castle Park (1420079)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "ThePeerage - Sir George Godolphin Osborne, 10th Duke of Leeds". Retrieved 9 April 2007.
  10. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929). Armorial Families. vol. II. London: Hurst & Blackett. p. 1476.

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