VANE, William Harry, Visct. Barnard (1766-1842).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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8 Feb. 1788 - 1790
1790 - 8 Sept. 1792

Family and Education

b. 27 July 1766, o.s. of Henry, Visct. Barnard.  educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1783.  m. (1) 17 Sept. 1787, Lady Catherine Margaret Powlett (d. 16 June 1807), da. and coh. of Harry, 6th Duke of Bolton, 3s. 5da.; (2) 27 July 1813, Elizabeth, da. of Robert Russell of Newton House, Burmiston, Yorks.  suc. fa. as 3rd Earl of Darlington 8 Sept. 1792; cr. Mq. of Cleveland 5 Oct. 1827; Duke of Cleveland 29 Jan. 1833; K.G. 17 Apr. 1839.

Offices Held

Ld. lt. co. Dur. 1793- d.


Vane was returned unopposed for Totnes on the interest of his father-in-law, the Duke of Bolton. In Parliament he voted with Opposition on the impeachment of Impey, 9 May 1788, but did not vote on the Regency, 1788-9. There is no record of his having spoken in the House before 1790. According to the Gentleman’s Magazine Vane’s ‘first and chief ambition was to shine as a sportsman’.

He died 29 Jan. 1842 reputedly possessed of ‘£1,250,000 in 3½% consols, besides plate and jewelry to the value of a million sterling’.1

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Gent. Mag. 1842, i. 545.