George Wyndham (1863 - 1913)

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About George Wyndham

George Wyndham PC (29 August 1863 – 8 June 1913) was a British politician, man of letters, noted for his elegance, and one of The Souls.

His great grandfather was Irish revolutionary Lord Edward Fitzgerald, whom Wyndham greatly resembled physically.


He was Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1900-1905. He brought forward a devolution scheme to deal with the Home Rule question. He also successfully saw the significant 1903 Irish Land Act into law. This change in the law ushered in the most radical change in history in Ireland's land ownership. Before it, Ireland's land was largely owned by landlords; within years of the Acts, most of the land was owned by their former tenants, who had been subvented in their purchases by government subsidies. This could without exaggeration be called the most radical change in Irish life in history.

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George Wyndham, Chief Secretary for Ireland's Timeline

August 29, 1863
February 7, 1887
Age 23
Eaton Hall, Eaton, Eccleston, Cheshire, England
June 8, 1913
Age 49