Sir Gilbert Heathcote, 4th Baronet

Sir Gilbert Heathcote, 4th Baronet (6 October 1773 – 26 March 1851) of Normanton Park, Rutland, was a British Member of Parliament.

Heathcote was the son of Sir Gilbert Heathcote, 3rd Baronet, by his second wife Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Hudson. He succeeded as fourth Baronet on his father's death in 1785.[1]

Normanton Park (1818) by John Preston Neale

His principal seat was Normanton Park where he held considerable property, augmented by further large holdings north of the Grimsthorpe Estate in Kesteven.[2]

In 1795 he was appointed High Sheriff of Rutland[3] and in 1796 he was elected to the House of Commons for Lincolnshire as a Whig, a seat he held until 1807,[4] before representing Rutland from 1812 to 1841.[2][5]

Heathcote married firstly Lady Katherine Sophia Manners, eldest daughter of John Manners and Louisa, Countess of Dysart, in 1793. After his first wife's death in 1825 he remarried the same year. Heathcote died in March 1851, aged 77, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son, Gilbert, who in 1856 was elevated to the peerage as Baron Aveland.[1]

Heathcote was for many years a senior steward of Epsom Downs Racecourse, which adjoined his home at The Durdans. His horse Amato won The Derby in 1838.[6]


  1. ^ a b Sir Gilbert Heathcote, 4th Bt.
  2. ^ a b Olney R. J. (1973); Lincolnshire Politics 1832–1885, Oxford University Press, p. 19. ISBN 0198218486
  3. ^ "Complete Baronetage". Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  4. ^ House of Commons: Lichfield and Tamworth to London and Westminster South
  5. ^ House of Commons: Rochester to Ryedale
  6. ^ Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1999). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane’s. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir John Thorold, Bt
Robert Vyner
Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire
With: Robert Vyner
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
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Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire
With: Robert Vyner 1801–1802
Charles Chaplin 1802–1807
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Charles Chaplin
Charles Anderson-Pelham
Preceded by
Hon. Charles Noel
The Lord Henniker
Member of Parliament for Rutland
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Sir Gerard Noel, Bt 1814–1838
Hon. William Noel 1838–1840
Hon. Charles Noel 1840–1841
Succeeded by
Gilbert Heathcote
Hon. William Dawnay
Baronetage of Great Britain
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Gilbert Heathcote
(of the City of London)
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Gilbert John Heathcote