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Murray Finch-Hatton

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Murray Edward Gordon Finch-Hatton, 12th Earl of Winchilsea and 7th Earl of Nottingham (28 March 1851–7 September 1898), styled the Hon. Murray Finch-Hatton until 1887, was a British Conservative politician and agriculturalist.

Winchilsea and Nottingham was the eldest son of George Finch-Hatton, 10th Earl of Winchilsea and 5th Earl of Nottingham, famous for his 1829 duel with the Duke of Wellington, by his third wife Fanny Margaretta, daughter of Edward Royd Rice.

His country residence was at Haverholme Priory, Lincolnshire.

He entered Parliament for Lincolnshire South in a 1884 by-election, a seat he held until the following year, when the constituency was abolished.

He then represented Spalding from 1885 to 1887, when he succeeded his half-brother in the two earldoms and entered the House of Lords. He was particularly interested in agricultural questions, where he sought to improve the conditions of agricultural workers.

He was also a great motoring enthusiast, and played a leading role at the very first London to Brighton Car Run on 14 November 1896, symbolically tearing a red flag in two to start the event, and presiding at the dinner which took place in Brighton at its conclusion.

Lord Winchilsea and Nottingham married Edith, daughter of Edward William Harcourt, in 1875. Their only son George Edward Henry Finch-Hatton, Viscount Maidstone, died in March 1892 at the age of nine. Winchilsea and Nottingham died in September 1898, aged 47.

1896 He was Chairman of the Cycle Manufacturers Tube Co and a director of the Great Horseless Carriage Co[1]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Tuesday, May 19, 1896