George Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Marquess of Hastings

George Augustus Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Marquess of Hastings (4 February 1808 – 13 January 1844), styled Lord Rawdon from birth until 1817 and Earl of Rawdon from 1817 to 1826, was a British peer and courtier.

The Marquess of Hastings
George Rawdon-Hastings Litho.jpg
Portrait of the 2nd Marquess of Hastings by Josef Kriehuber (1843)
Lord of the Bedchamber
In office
Preceded byNew monarch
Succeeded byThe Marquess of Queensberry
Personal details
George Augustus Francis Rawdon-Hastings

(1808-02-04)4 February 1808
Died13 January 1844(1844-01-13) (aged 35)
Parent(s)Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira
Flora Mure-Campbell, Countess of Loudoun
Residence(s)Donington Hall

Early lifeEdit

Rawdon was born in 1808, the eldest son of Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira (later 1st Marquess of Hastings) and his wife, Flora Mure-Campbell, 6th Countess of Loudoun.[1]


Donington Hall

Inheriting his father's titles in 1826 (and later his mother's in 1840), Lord Hastings was a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King William IV from 1830 to 1831.

On his father's death he inherited a heavily mortgaged Donington Hall in Leicestershire. His chief passion was foxhunting and he kept his own pack of hounds at the hall in purpose-built kennels.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Lord Hastings' wife, Barbara Yelverton, Marchioness of Hastings (portrait published in 1828).

On 1 August 1831, Lord Hastings was married to Barbara Yelverton, 20th Baroness Grey de Ruthyn.[1] She was the only daughter and heiress of Henry Yelverton, 19th Baron Grey de Ruthyn and his wife, the former Anna Maria Kelham (daughter of William Kelham). Her father, who died seven months after her birth, was a tenant and sometime friend of Lord Byron.[3] Together, Barbara and George were the parents of six children:

He died an early death on 13 January 1844 at the age of 35 and was succeeded by his 12-year-old eldest son, Paulyn, who himself died in Ireland only six years later. Paulyn was succeeded in turn by his younger brother Lord Henry Weysford Charles Plantagenet Rawdon-Hastings, later 4th Marquess of Hastings and 9th Earl of Loudoun.[4]

On 9 April 1845, fifteen months after her first husband's death, she married secondly Captain Hastings Reginald Henry RN (1808–1878), who in 1849 took the name of Yelverton by royal licence. They settled at Efford House near Lymington and had one daughter, Barbara Yelverton (12 January 1849 – 1 October 1924), who married John Yarde-Buller, 2nd Baron Churston.[6]


  1. ^ a b c George Augustus Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Marquess of Hastings
  2. ^ "The Gothic Taste: Humphry Repton and the Development of Donington Park" (PDF). University of Leicester. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Edward Thorton Gould, Esq., Obituary". The Gentleman's Magazine. F. Jefferies. C, Sylvanus Urban. 1830.
  4. ^ a b c "Hastings, Marquess of (UK, 1817 - 1868)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Loudoun, Earl of (S, 1633)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  6. ^ "". Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2008.

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Court offices
Preceded by
New monarch
Lord of the Bedchamber
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Marquess of Hastings
Succeeded by
Paulyn Rawdon-Hastings
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by Earl of Loudoun
Succeeded by
Paulyn Rawdon-Hastings