Dudley Ryder, 2nd Earl of Harrowby

The Earl of Harrowby
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
31 March 1855 – 7 December 1855
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Palmerston
Preceded byThe Earl Granville
Succeeded byMatthew Talbot Baines
Lord Privy Seal
In office
7 December 1855 – 3 February 1858
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Palmerston
Preceded byThe Duke of Argyll
Succeeded byThe Marquess of Clanricarde
Personal details
Born19 May 1798 (1798-05-19)
London, England
Died19 November 1882 (1882-11-20) (aged 84)
Sandon Hall, Sandon, Staffordshire, England
Lady Frances Stuart
(m. 1823; died 1859)
ChildrenDudley Ryder, 3rd Earl of Harrowby
Henry Ryder, 4th Earl of Harrowby
Parent(s)Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby
Lady Susan Leveson-Gower
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

Dudley Ryder, 2nd Earl of Harrowby, KG, PC, FRS (19 May 1798 – 19 November 1882), styled Viscount Sandon between 1809 and 1847, was a British politician. He held office under Lord Palmerston as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1855 and as Lord Privy Seal between 1855 and 1858.

Background and education

Harrowby was born in London, the son of Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby and his wife Lady Susanna Leveson-Gower (1772 - 1838), daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.

He was an officer of the Staffordshire Yeomanry, being commissioned as a lieutenant in the Stafford Troop on 20 December 1819 and being promoted to captain on 26 March 1826. He resigned his commission in March 1831.

Political career

Harrowby was elected Member of Parliament for Tiverton in 1819, a seat he held until 1831 before switching to represent Liverpool until 1847. He served as a Lord of the Admiralty in 1827 and as Secretary to the Board of Control under Lord Grey between 1830 and 1831. He had a London home in Grosvenor Square.

In 1847, he became Earl of Harrowby and took up a seat in the House of Lords. He remained out of office for a long time, but in 1855, eight years after he had succeeded his father as Earl of Harrowby, he was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster by Lord Palmerston, becoming a Privy Counsellor at the same time. In a few months he was transferred to the office of Lord Privy Seal, a position which he resigned in 1858.

He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1859. Harrowby was also three times President of the Royal Statistical Society (1840–1842, 1849–1851, 1855–1857), chairman of the Maynooth commission and a member of other important royal commissions. He was regarded as among the most stalwart and prominent defenders of the Church of England.

Marriage and children

Frances Stuart

Lord Harrowby married Lady Frances Stuart, daughter of John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute, on 15 September 1823. They had two sons:


Lady Harrowby died in March 1859. Lord Harrowby remained a widower until his death at Sandon Hall on 19 November 1882, aged 84. He was succeeded in the earldom and other titles by his elder son, Dudley.

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