Montagu Bertie, 6th Earl of Abingdon

Montagu Bertie, 6th Earl of Abingdon (19 June 1808 – 8 February 1884) was a British peer and politician. He was styled Lord Norreys from birth until acceding in 1854.

Wytham Abbey


Born at Dover Street, he was the eldest son of Montagu Bertie, 5th Earl of Abingdon and his first wife Emily Gage, fifth daughter of General Hon. Thomas Gage.[1] Bertie was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in 1829.[2] On 11 June 1834, he received a Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of Oxford.[1][3]


Norreys was commissioned a lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Oxfordshire Yeomanry Cavalry on 9 July 1827.[4] He was promoted to captain on 26 December 1830[5] and to major on 14 April 1847.[6] He resigned his commission by May 1855.[7]

In 1830, he became Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxfordshire and held the seat for almost a year. He was appointed a deputy lieutenant of the county on 26 March 1831.[8] In 1832, the representation for the constituency was increased to three members and Bertie was re-elected that year to complement his successors. He was then elected MP for Abingdon in 1852 and on succeeding to his father's title and leaving the British House of Commons two years later, he became Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire.

In 1876, he sold the manor of Dorchester to Sir John Christopher Willoughby, 5th Baronet.[9]


On 7 January 1835, he married Elizabeth Harcourt, the only daughter of his fellow MP, George Granville Harcourt at Nuneham Courtenay. They lived at Wytham Abbey in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) and had nine children:[10]

Lord Abingdon died in Mayfair, London in 1884 and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son, Montagu. He left part of his Oxfordshire estates (the manors of Thame, North Weston, Beckley and Horton-cum-Studley) to his second son Francis.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. pp. 81–82.
  2. ^ "Bertie, Montagu, Viscount Norreys (BRTY826M)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Bertie, Montague, Lord Norreys" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
  4. ^ "No. 18379". The London Gazette. 17 July 1827. p. 1539.
  5. ^ "No. 18765". The London Gazette. 7 January 1831. p. 26.
  6. ^ "No. 20725". The London Gazette. 20 April 1847. p. 1446.
  7. ^ "No. 21710". The London Gazette. 11 May 1855. p. 1830.
  8. ^ "No. 18790". The London Gazette. 5 April 1831. p. 645.
  9. ^ Lobel, Mary D, ed. (1962). "Parishes: Dorchester". A History of the County of Oxford. Volume 7, Dorchester and Thame Hundreds. London: Victoria County History. pp. 39–64.
  10. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 2572 § 25716". Retrieved 25 July 2010.[unreliable source]
  11. ^ Lobel, Mary D, ed. (1957). "Parishes: Beckley". A History of the County of Oxford. Volume 5, Bullingdon Hundred. London: Victoria County History. pp. 56–76. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  12. ^ Lobel, Mary D, ed. (1962). "Parishes: Thame". A History of the County of Oxford. Volume 7, Dorchester and Thame Hundreds. London: Victoria County History. pp. 160–178.

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Preceded by
William Ashurst
John Fane
Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire
With: John Fane
Succeeded by
George Harcourt
Richard Weyland
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George Harcourt
Richard Weyland
Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire
With: George Harcourt 1832–1852
Richard Weyland 1832–1837
Thomas Parker 1837–1841
Joseph Warner Henley 1841–1852
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George Harcourt
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John North
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James Caulfeild
Member of Parliament for Abingdon
1852 – 1854
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Joseph Reed
Honorary titles
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The Earl of Abingdon
Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire
1854 – 1881
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The Earl of Craven
Peerage of England
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Montagu Bertie
Earl of Abingdon
1854 – 1884
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Montagu Bertie