Henry Wyndham (British Army officer)

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Wyndham in the National Portrait Gallery[1]

General Sir Henry Wyndham KCB (12 May 1790 – 3 August 1860) was a British Army General and Conservative Party politician. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Cockermouth from 1852 to 1857 and for West Cumberland from 1857 to until his death in 1860.

Wyndham was the second son of George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751–1837) and his mistress Elizabeth Ilive (died 1822), of Petworth House, near Chichester, West Sussex, and a descendant of John Wyndham who played an important role in the establishment of defence organisation in the West Country against the threat of Spanish invasion.

As a young officer, then-Captain (Guards officers held 'double' rank, so a Captain was also a Lieutenant-Colonel) Henry Wyndham fought at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, where he was severely injured.[2] He had taken part in the famous closing of the gates at Hougoumont and was said to have been so disturbed by the incident that he would never again close a door, preferring to sit in a room in a howling draught. During the battle, his life had been saved by Corporal James Graham, the soldier responsible for slotting the bar home after the North Gate was shut.[3]

Pictures of the battles of Battle of Vittoria and Waterloo were commissioned by Wyndham's father from George Jones, RA. They hang in the Beauty Room of Petworth House.[4]


  1. ^ Portraits of Sir Henry Wyndham, Major General at the National Portrait Gallery, London
  2. ^ Casualties-18 June
  3. ^ Waterloo Battlefield Tours: Corporal James Graham[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ The Beauty Room
  • ThePeerage.com
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Henry Wyndham
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Horsman
Henry Aglionby
Member of Parliament for Cockermouth
With: Henry Aglionby 1852–1854
John Steel 1854–1857
Succeeded by
Lord Naas
John Steel
Preceded by
Samuel Irton
Henry Lowther
Member of Parliament for West Cumberland
With: Henry Lowther
Succeeded by
Henry Lowther
Percy Scawen Wyndham
Military offices
Preceded by
The Earl Cathcart
Colonel of the 11th (Prince Albert's Own)
Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars)

Succeeded by
The Earl of Cardigan

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