Francis Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 8th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne

Francis Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 8th Duke Of Newcastle-Under-Lyne

Francis Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 8th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne

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Henry Francis Hope Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 8th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (3 February 1866 – 20 April 1941) was an English nobleman.

He was educated at Eton College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

He inherited the estate of his grandmother, Anne Adele Hope (widow of Henry Thomas Hope) in 1884, upon condition that he assume the name and arms of Hope upon reaching his majority; he did so in 1887 and became known as Lord Francis Hope. This bequest included the well-known Hope Diamond.

He married Mary Augusta Yohé in 1894. He led an extravagant lifestyle, and was discharged from bankruptcy in 1896. He divorced Mary in 1902 after she ran off with Putnam Strong; at this time, he obtained court permission to sell off the Hope Diamond to pay some of his debts. After lengthy litigation in the Court of Chancery, he was able to break the entail on most of his grandmother's trusts, and sold off The Deepdene in Surrey and Castleblayney in County Monaghan, Ireland.

Lord Francis married Olive Muriel Owen, née Thompson, in 1904. They had 3 children:

He inherited the dukedom from his brother in 1928 and died in 1941 at Clumber Park.

Papers relating to the 8th Duke's affairs are now held at Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham.

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