Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg

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The Earl Fauconberg
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Personal details
Born (1742-04-13)13 April 1742
Died 23 March 1802(1802-03-23) (aged 59)
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Charlotte Lamb Jane Cheshyre

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


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 until his death in 1802, and was Custos Rotulorum and Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire over the same period.[2]

Marriages and issue

On 29 May 1766, he married the Hon. Charlotte Lamb, the daughter of Sir Matthew Lamb, 1st Baronet and sister of Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne. Together they had four daughters:

On 5 January 1791 he married Jane Cheshyre, daughter of John Cheshyre, Esq., of Bennington co. Hertford. She died 4 April 1820 and they had no children.[3]

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.[4] Through his wife he was the uncle of the Whig Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.


  1. ^ Arthur Collins, The peerage of England (1779), 364.
  2. ^ Arthur Collins, The peerage of England (1779), 364.
  3. ^ "Fauconberg, Earl (GB, 1756 - 1802)". Cracroft's Peerage: The Complete Guide to the British Peerage & Baronetage. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  4. ^ Cracroft's Peerage: The Complete Guide to the British Peerage & Baronetage - 'Fauconberg, Earl (GB, 1756 - 1802)' http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/fauconberg1774.htm
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Matthew Lamb, Bt
Matthew Wyldbore
Member of Parliament for Peterborough
1768 – 1774
With: Matthew Wyldbore
Succeeded by
Richard Benyon
Matthew Wyldbore
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Belasyse
Earl Fauconberg
2nd creation
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Thomas Belasyse
Viscount Fauconberg
1st creation
Succeeded by
Rowland Belasyse

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