Sir Robert Heron, 2nd Baronet

Sir Robert Heron, 2nd Baronet (27 November 1765 – 29 May 1854)[1] was a British Whig[2] politician. He sat in the House of Commons from 1812 to 1847, with a break in 1818–1819.

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the son of Thomas Heron of Chilham Castle, Kent, Recorder of Newark and educated at St John's College, Cambridge. He inherited his baronetcy and extensive estates in Lincolnshire from his uncle, Sir Richard Heron, 1st Baronet on the latter's death in 1805.


He served as High Sheriff of Lincolnshire for 1809–10 and was then elected at the 1812 general election as a member of parliament (MP) for Great Grimsby.[3] He held the seat until the next general election, in 1818,[4] when he did not stand again in Grimsby.[2] He did however, stand in 1818, for election in Lincolnshire County, though unsuccessfully.[5]

He returned to the Commons the following year, when he was elected at a by-election in November 1819 as an MP for Peterborough.[6][7] He held that seat until the 1847 general election,[8] when he did not stand again.[9]

Stubton HallEdit

Heron owned Stubton Hall, a large estate at Stubton (near Newark-on-Trent) on the border of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.[10] The estate had belonged to the Heron family from since 1789, and the 17th-century hall was extensively rebuilt in the early 19th century by Sir Robert.[11] He had initially used it as a summer retreat, but after being elected to Parliament he decided to make Stubton his main home. The architect Jeffry Wyatt drew up plans for remodelling, which had to be revised after the building was found to be in a poorer condition than was thought, and the resulting works were a big drain on Heron's finances: in January 1814 he recorded in his diary that he had spent £7,000 just get the building "covered in".[10]

He also kept a large menagerie, and successfully bred a range of exotic animals including llamas, alpacas. lemurs, porcupines, armadillos and kangaroos.[10]

Sir Robert and his wife Amelia, daughter and coheir of Sir Horace Mann, 2nd Baronet; had no children,[10] and thus the baronetcy became extinct on his death.[1] The estate passed to George Nevile, a relation of Amelia, and then to Sir Ralph Wilmot, 6th Baronet, on whose death it was sold to Edmund Royds.[10]

Stubton Hall has been restored and is now available as a venue for weddings, corporate functions, etc.[12]


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's list of baronets – Baronetcies beginning with "H" (part 3)
  2. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844–1850]. Craig, F. W. S. (ed.). The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 201. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
  3. ^ "No. 16670". The London Gazette. 17 November 1812. p. 2324.
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)
  5. ^ W. Brooke's book of the Poll for the Election of Knights of the Shire for the County of Lincoln (Lincoln, 1818).
  6. ^ "No. 17541". The London Gazette. 4 December 1819. p. 2174.
  7. ^ Stooks Smith, page 236
  8. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)
  9. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 237. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Stubton looks to the future" (PDF). Lincolnshire Life. December 2009. pp. 46–49. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  11. ^ Samuel Lewis, ed. (1848). "Strickland, Great – Stubton". A Topographical Dictionary of England. pp. 250–252. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  12. ^

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Ellice
Col. John Henry Loft
Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby
With: John Peter Grant
Succeeded by
Charles Tennyson
John Nicholas Fazakerley
Preceded by
Hon. William Lamb
James Scarlett
Member of Parliament for Peterborough
With: James Scarlett to August 1830
Viscount Milton Aug–Nov 1830
John Nicholas Fazakerley Nov 1830–1841
Hon. George Wentworth-FitzWilliam from 1841
Succeeded by
Hon. William Cavendish
Hon. George Wentworth-FitzWilliam
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Heron
(of Newark)