Newton Wallop, 6th Earl of Portsmouth

Newton Wallop, 6th Earl of Portsmouth JP, DL (19 January 1856 – 4 December 1917), styled Viscount Lymington until 1891, was a British Liberal politician but then joined the Liberal Unionist Party in 1886. He later switched back to the Liberal Party to serve as Under-Secretary of State for War under Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman from 1905 to 1908.

The Earl of Portsmouth
"Young Oxford", the 6th Earl of Portsmouth when Viscount Lymington, caricature by Spy in Vanity Fair, November 1880.
Under-Secretary of State for War
In office
12 December 1905 – 12 April 1908
MonarchEdward VII
Prime MinisterSir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
Preceded byThe Earl of Donoughmore
Succeeded byThe Lord Lucas
Personal details
Born19 January 1856
Hurstbourne Priors, Hampshire
Died4 December 1917 (1917-12-05) (aged 61)
Whitchurch, Hampshire
Political partyLiberal, Liberal Unionist Party.
Spouse(s)Beatrice Mary Pease
(d. 1935)
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
"The Demon", Newton Wallop, 6th Earl of Portsmouth, caricature by Spy, Vanity Fair Magazine 21 August 1907

Background and education edit

Lymington was born in Hurstbourne Priors, Hampshire, the eldest son of Isaac Wallop, 5th Earl of Portsmouth, and his wife Lady Eveline Alicia Juliana Herbert, daughter of Henry Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon. He was educated at Eton College and from 1876 to 1879 at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union.

Political career edit

Lymington was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Barnstaple at a by-election in February 1880,[1] a seat he held until 1885 when representation was reduced to one member under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. At the 1885 general election, he was elected MP for South Molton and held the seat until 1891.[2]

In the latter year he succeeded his father in the earldom and took his seat in the House of Lords. From 1905 to 1908 Lord Portsmouth served as Under-Secretary of State for War in the Liberal administration of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman.

Lord Portsmouth was also a Justice of the Peace for Hampshire and Devon and a Deputy Lieutenant.[3] A passionate Protestant he chaired the United Protestant Demonstration in London on 29 January 1900 which resolved ) “to uphold and maintain the Protestantism of the nation and to demand the suppression of the Mass and the Confessional in the Established Church.”[4]

In 1908 he bought Guisachan House and its huge deer estate in Glen Affric from Baron Tweedsmouth. His widow put the estate on the market in 1919 after his death.[5]

Family edit

Lord Portsmouth married Beatrice Mary Pease, only child of Edward Pease of Darlington, in 1885. He died in December 1917 at Whitchurch, aged 61, and was succeeded in the earldom by his younger brother, John. The Countess of Portsmouth died in 1935.

References edit

  1. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 36. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 258. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  3. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  4. ^ "United Protestant Demonstration in London". the Manchester Guardian. 31 January 1900. p. 5.
  5. ^ Scotland's Lost Houses by Ian Gow

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Barnstaple
With: Thomas Cave 1880
Sir Robert Carden 1880–1885
Succeeded by
George Pitt-Lewis
(representation reduced to one member 1885)
New constituency Member of Parliament for South Molton
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Under-Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by Earl of Portsmouth
Succeeded by
John Fellowes Wallop