LYGON, Hon. Henry Beauchamp (1784-1863), of Springfield, Worcs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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5 Dec. 1816 - 1831
1832 - 22 Jan. 1853

Family and Education

b. 5 Jan. 1784, 3rd s. of William Lygon*, 1st Earl Beauchamp, and bro. of Hon. Edward Pyndar Lygon* and Hon. William Beauchamp Lygon*. educ. Westminster 1797; Christ Church, Oxf. 1803. m. 8 July 1824, Lady Susan Caroline Eliot, da. of Hon. William Eliot*, 2nd Earl of St. Germans, 4s. 3da. suc. bro. John Reginald Pyndar as 4th Earl Beauchamp 22 Jan. 1853.

Offices Held

Cornet, 13 Drag. 1803, lt. 1804; capt. 16 Drag. 1807, maj. 1812, brevet lt.-col. 1815; maj. 1 Life Gds. 1815, lt.-col. 1821-37, brevet col. 1822, maj.-gen. 1837; col. 10 Hussars 1843-63; lt.-gen. 1846; gen. 1854; col. 2 Life Gds. and Gold Stick 1863.


In 1816 Lygon, who had distinguished himself in the Peninsular war, succeeded his eldest brother unopposed as county Member. Like him he supported the Liverpool administration. He opposed Catholic relief, 9 May 1817. Having voted for the suspension of habeas corpus, 23 June 1817, he sided with ministers on its modus operandi, 10, 11 Feb., 5 Mar. 1818. He appeared on the Treasury dining list and was summoned to Fife House to hear Lord Liverpool’s justification of the ducal marriage grants, which he went on to support, 15 Apr. 1818. He was one of the lobby of inland Members who opposed the equalization of the coal duties, against which he presented a petition from Bewdley, 4 Mar. 1819. No other speech is known before 1820. He voted against Tierney’s censure motion, 18 May, and for the foreign enlistment bill, 10 June 1819. He died 8 Sept. 1863.

Add 38275, ff. 216-18; 38366, ff. 133, 135.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: M. J. Williams