Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Earl of Harrowby

Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby, PC, FSA (1762–1847)

He was the son of Nathaniel Ryder (1735-1803), 1st Baron Harrowby, an MP, and his wife Elizabeth Terrick, dau of Bishop Terrick of London and a grandson of Sir Dudley Ryder (1691-1756), a lawyer and Lord Chief Justice of the Kings Bench. Nathaniel Ryder bought the Sandon estate in 1776 from Lord Archibald Hamilton.
He was educated at Harrow School and St John's College, Cambridge and was a Member of the Parliament for nearly 50 years. Created Earl of Harrowby in 1809.
Lord Harrowby married Lady Susan Leveson-Gower, daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, in 1795.
In 1804 he was Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in William Pitt’s Government and after leaving office he was appointed, in 1805, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. In that year he was sent as Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister: Plenipotentiary to Berlin, Vienna, and St Petersburg, on a special diplomatic mission. In 1809 he was created Viscount Sandon, of Sandon in the County of Stafford, and Earl of Harrowby, in the County of Lincoln and from 1812 to 1827 he was Lord President of the Council under Lord Liverpool.

Franks # 25823
Arms: Ryder impaling Leveson-Gower.

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