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Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg

Birthdate: (58)
Death: March 23, 1802 (58)
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Belasyse, 1st Earl Fauconberg; Thomas Belasyse, 1st Earl of Fauconberg and Newborough; Catherine Bentham and Catherine Belasyse
Husband of Charlotte Belasyse
Father of Lady Elizabeth Bingham, Countess of Lucan; Lady Anne Wombwell; Lady Charlotte Belasyse; Lady Elizabeth Belasyse and Lady Harriet Belasyse
Brother of Anne Belasyse

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About Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg

Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg

Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg (13 April 1742 - 23 March 1802) was a British peer and politician.

Fauconberg was the son of Thomas Belasyse, 1st Earl Fauconberg and Catherine Betham.[1]

He served as the Member of Parliament for Peterborough between 1768 and 1774, sitting for the Whig party. Following his succession to his father's title in 1774, Fauconberg assumed his seat in the House of Lords. He was a Lord of the Bedchamber from 1777 to 1802, and was Custos rotulorum and Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire over the same period.[2]

On 29 May 1766, he married Charlotte Lamb, the sister of Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne. Together they had four daughters. As Fauconberg had no sons, his earldom became extinct upon his death. He was succeeded by his cousin, Rowland Belasyse, in his viscountcy and barony.[3]

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Belasyse,_2nd_Earl_Fauconberg


  • Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl of Fauconberg of Newborough
  • M, #30078, b. 13 April 1743, d. 23 March 1802
  • Last Edited=28 Mar 2014
  • Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl of Fauconberg of Newborough was born on 13 April 1743.2 He was the son of Thomas Belasyse, 1st Earl of Fauconberg of Newborough and Catherine Betham.2 He married Charlotte Lamb, daughter of Sir Matthew Lamb, 1st Bt. and Charlotte Coke, on 29 May 1766. He died on 23 March 1802 at age 58.
  • He gained the title of 2nd Earl of Fauconberg of Newborough.
  • Children of Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl of Fauconberg of Newborough and Charlotte Lamb
    • 1.Lady Anne Belasyse+ b. 27 Dec 1760, d. 7 Jul 1808
    • 2.Lady Charlotte Belasyse3 b. 19 Jan 1767, d. 1825
    • 3.Lady Elizabeth Belasyse+4 b. 17 Jan 1770, d. 24 Mar 1819
    • 4.Lady Harriet Belasyse+3 b. 12 Apr 1773, d. 23 Mar 1802
  • Citations
  • 1.[S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
  • 2.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume V, page 266. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 3.[S6995] Mary Galloway, "re: Davely Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger LUNDY (101053), 27 January 2014. Hereinafter cited as "re: Davenly Family."
  • 4.[S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2422. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p3008.htm#i30078


  • BELASYSE, Henry, Lord Belasyse (1743-1802), of Newburgh Hall, Yorks.
  • b. 13 Apr. 1743, o. surv. s. of Thomas, 1st Earl Fauconberg, by Catherine, da. and h. of John Betham of Rowington, Warws. educ. Eton 1757-63. m. (1) 29 May 1766, Charlotte (d. 1 Apr. 1790), da. of Sir Matthew Lamb, 1st Bt. (q.v.), 4 da.; (2) 5 Jan. 1791, Jane, da. of John Cheshyre of Bennington, Herts., s.p. suc. fa. as 2nd Earl Fauconberg 8 Feb. 1774.
  • Offices Held
    • Ld. of the bedchamber 1775-d.; ld. lt. N. R. Yorks. 1779-d.
  • Letters from Belasyse to his father before entering Parliament1 show detachment from party and a high sense of duty. Thus on 24 Dec. 1767, about the Bedfords joining Administration:
    • That unanimity and a steady perseverance to the public interest and welfare may appear in the measures of those who are to direct is my sincere wish; the only principle that prevails is self-interest, which evidently appears when a man will disapprove of measures when out of place, which very measures when in place he strongly supports.
  • On the death of Sir Matthew Lamb, 6 Nov. 1768, the dowager Lady Fitzwilliam (whose son, an old school-fellow of Belasyse, was on the grand tour) offered, from regard to the Lamb family, to return Belasyse for Peterborough free of all expense. His attendance at the House was constant and conscientious—he wrote on 20 Apr. 1769:
    • Last Saturday I sat twelve hours in the House of Commons without moving, with which I was well satisfied, as it gave me the power from the various arguments on both sides of determining clearly by my vote my opinion.
  • And on 22 July 1769:
    • The present prospect of home affairs are very disagreeable, wish the time may soon arrive that a great personage's eyes may be opened, and that he may listen to the complaints of his subjects. Then this ferment will subside, as measures will be taken after that in all probability they will restore tranquility and promote respect.
  • Belasyse voted with Opposition in the divisions on 27 Jan. and 2 Feb. 1769 over Wilkes's libel, but in the (unreliable) list of 3 Feb. is marked as having voted for Wilkes's expulsion. On 15 Apr. and 8 May he voted with Opposition over the seating of Luttrell. In September he helped to promote the Yorkshire petition for a dissolution of Parliament; was one of the deputation who presented it to the King; and on 9 Jan. 1770 spoke for the first time in the House ‘animatedly’ in its favour.2 ‘I am so hearty in the cause’, he wrote to his father, ‘... that I shall not be satisfied till something is done.’
  • On the debate on the repeal of the Townshend duties, 5 Mar. 1770, his comment to his father shows him still acting with the Rockinghams over America, critical of governmental half-measures, but basically in favour of coercion:
    • We wished that the duty on teas ... should likewise be taken off ... This the ministry objected to, saying they would leave that duty to show their power of taxing the colonies ... As they leave this duty on tea, the bone of contention still continues. Entre nous my own private opinion is first, to establish by proper means our undoubted right of taxing the colonies, and after they have submitted, then take into consideration what duties are necessary to remove, and what necessary to continue. Their behaviour to this country does not demand a mild, submissive treatment, but a firm determined conduct to compel them to obedience.
  • Henceforth his attitude became more detached. ‘I flatter myself that those gentlemen whom I oppose now, will not think that I mean always to oppose them’, he said on 15 Mar. 1770.3 ‘If I differ from the ministry I will tell them so in the language of a gentleman. I will tell the Opposition the same.’ On Grenville's bill for trying disputed elections he wrote, 31 Mar. 1770: ‘Being unwilling to be marked as one either approving or disapproving of the bill by my vote, I left the House before the division.’ He praised Burke's speech censuring the conduct of Administration towards America, 7 May 1770, as ‘very fine’, but added:
    • After attending several hours to this interesting debate I determined to withdraw without giving my vote, for this reason, that I approved of the questions put by Mr. Burke, but much disapproved the language held in support and favour of the Bostonians by him, which he said was the excuse of these questions.
  • On 22 Nov. 1770 he supported the motion for papers on the dispute with Spain:4
    • Talked of his being an independent gentleman, without bias, who came to do his duty, but how could he do it, if some information was not given him? ... After dinner he returned to the House, and, in a second speech said that he had changed his mind, that having the papers he thought would be very improper; and therefore voted against having them.
  • He strongly opposed the royal marriage bill,5 but in the King's list of the division of 9 Feb. 1773 was classed among the friends of the Government, and on 26 Apr. voted with them on renewal of the Wilkes issue.
  • As a peer he supported the American war, and in 1779 raised a regiment in Yorkshire for home service.
  • He died 23 Mar. 1802.
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1754-1790/member/belasyse-henry


  • Fauconberg, Earl (GB, 1756 - 1802)
  • Henry [Belasyse], 2nd Earl Fauconberg
  • born 13 Apr 1742
  • mar. (1) 29 May 1766 Charlotte Lamb (b. 1 Nov 1743; d. 1 Apr 1790), sister of Peniston [Lamb], 1st Viscount Melbourne, and 1st dau. of Sir Matthew Lamb, 1st Bt., by his wife Charlotte Coke, dau. of Rt Hon Thomas Coke, of Melbourne, co. Derby
  • children by first wife
    • 1. Lady Charlotte Belasyse (b. 10 Jan 1767; dsp. 1825), mar. 13 Oct 1801 Thomas Edward Wynn later Belasyse, of Newborough Hall, co. York
    • 2. Lady Anne Belasyse (b. 27 Dec 1768; d. 7 Jul 1808), mar. 21 Jul 1791 as his first wife Sir George Wombwell, 2nd Bt., of Wombwell, co. York, and had issue
    • 3. Lady Elizabeth Belasyse (b. 17 Jan 1770; d. 24 Mar 1819), mar. (1) 24 Apr 1789 (div. May 1794) Bernard Edward [Howard], 12th Duke of Norfolk, and (2) 26 May 1794 Richard [Bingham], 2nd Earl of Lucan, and had issue by both husbands
    • 4. Lady Harriet Belasyse (b. 21 Apr 1776; dvp. bef. 23 Mar 1802)
  • mar. (2) 5 Jan 1791 Jane Cheshyre (d. 4 Apr 1820), 1st dau. of John Cheshyre, of Bennington, co. Hertford, by his wife ..... Brereton, dau. of Lt Col ..... Brereton
  • died s.p.m. 23 Mar 1802
  • note Member of Parliament for Peterborough 1768-74; a Lord of the Bedchamber 1777-1802 ; Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire 1777-1802
  • From: http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/fauconberg1774.htm?zoom_highlight=BRERETON - SEARCH SITE FOR Brereton



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Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg's Timeline

April 13, 1743
January 17, 1770
Age 26
Saint George, Hannover Square, Westminster, Middlesex, England
March 23, 1802
Age 58