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Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Baronet

Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Baronet (19 November 1865 – 25 March 1947) was an English landowner, best known for his restoration of the country house at Stourhead in Wiltshire, following a fire in April 1902.[1] Prior to his death he donated the house and gardens to the National Trust.

Hoare's parents were Henry Arthur Hoare and his wife Julia Lucy (née Lane); he was thus the grandson of Sir Henry Hugh Hoare, 3rd Baronet. He was educated at Harrow School, and later served in the 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.

In 1887, Henry Hoare married Alda Weston, whom he had known since childhood. Their only child, Henry Colt Arthur Hoare, known as Harry, was born in 1888. Harry joined the Dorset Yeomanry at the start of the First World War and died of wounds received while fighting in Egypt, in December 1917, leaving his father without an heir.[2]

Sir Henry inherited the baronetcy and the house from a cousin in 1894, by which time Stourhead had lain empty for several years as his predecessor could not afford its upkeep.[3] The family moved into the house in February 1895.[4]

In 1910, Lady Alda made the acquaintance of the writer Thomas Hardy, who lived in Dorchester, in the neighbouring county of Dorset. She began a correspondence with both Hardy and his wife Emma, and the friendship continued after Emma died and he married Florence Dugdale; many of their letters are preserved in the archive at Stourhead.[5] In 1915, Sir Henry served as High Sheriff of Wiltshire.[6]

Sir Henry and his wife died on the same day, within six hours of one another. He was aged 81.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Behind Closed Doors". Wiltshire Country Life. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Harry's Story". National Trust. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ "The Hoare Family at Stourhead". National Trust. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Remembering Harry and Alda at Stourhead". The Fine Times Recorder. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Thomas Hardy at Stourhead". BBC Wiltshire. 10 March 2004. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  6. ^ "No. 29086". The London Gazette. 2 March 1915. p. 2089.
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Henry Hoare, 5th Baronet
Baronet
(of Barn Elms)

1894–1947
Succeeded by
Sir Peter William Hoare, 7th Baronet