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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

Newton Wallop, Vanity Fair, 1880-11-13.jpg
"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
Whitchurch, Hampshire
Died4 December 1917 (1917-12-05) (aged 61)
Whitchurch, Hampshire
NationalityBritish
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

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Background and educationEdit

Lymington was born in Whitchurch, 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 1876-1879 at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union.

Political careerEdit

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]

FamilyEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  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

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Cave
Samuel Danks Waddy
Member of Parliament for Barnstaple
18801885
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
18851891
Succeeded by
George Lambert
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Donoughmore
Under-Secretary of State for War
1905 – 1908
Succeeded by
The Lord Lucas
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Isaac Newton Wallop
Earl of Portsmouth
1891 – 1917
Succeeded by
John Fellowes Wallop