Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 20th Baron Clinton

Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 20th Baron Clinton

Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 20th Baron Clinton

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Charles Henry Rolle Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 20th Baron Clinton (2 March 1834 – 29 March 1904) was a British Conservative politician.

Clinton was the son of Charles Rudolph Trefusis, 19th Baron Clinton, and Lady Elizabeth Georgiana Kerr, daughter of William Kerr, 6th Marquess of Lothian. He was elected to the House of Commons for Devon North in 1857, a seat he held until he succeeded his father in 1866 and entered the House of Lords. In July 1867 he was appointed Under-Secretary of State for India in the Conservative administration of the Earl of Derby. He retained this office also when Benjamin Disraeli became Prime Minister in February 1868. The government fell in December of the same year. Clinton never held political office again but served as a Charity Commissioner from 1874 to 1880. Apart from his political career he was also Lord Lieutenant of Devon between 1887 and 1904.

Lord Clinton married, firstly, Harriet Williamina Hepburn-Forbes, daughter of Sir John Stuart Hepburn-Forbes, 8th Baronet, in 1858. They had five children. In 1867 Clinton assumed by Royal license the additional surnames of Stuart-Forbes. After his first wife's death in 1869 he married, secondly, Margaret Walrond, daughter of Sir John Walrond, 1st Baronet, in 1875. They had seven children. Lord Clinton died in March 1904, aged 70, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son from his first marriage, Charles. Lady Clinton died in 1930.


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