VANE, Henry (?1726-92).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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24 Nov. 1749 - 27 Apr. 1753
19 May 1753 - 6 Mar. 1758

Family and Education

b. ?1726, 1st s. of Henry Vane, 1st Earl of Darlington. educ. Westminster 1736-44; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 28 May 1744, aged 17. m. 19 Mar. 1757, Margaret, da. of Robert Lowther of Mauds Meaburn, Westmld., gov. of Barbados, sis. of James Lowther, M.P., 1st Earl of Lonsdale, 1s. 2da. styled Visct. Barnard 1754-8; suc. fa. as 2nd Earl 6 Mar. 1758.

Offices Held

Ensign 1 Ft. Gds. 1745, lt. and capt. 1747; capt. and lt.-col. 2 Ft. Gds. 1750; ret. 1758; col. in army (during service) 1779; ld. lt. co. Durham 1758-d.; master of the jewel office 1763-82; gov. Carlisle 1763-d.


Henry Vane was brought in for Downton at an unopposed by-election in 1749 by Anthony Duncombe, Lord Feversham. He sat there till 1753, when he applied for the Chiltern Hundreds to stand for Durham County in place of his father, who had succeeded to the peerage as Lord Barnard. On 20 May 1753 Lord Barnard wrote to Newcastle:

Yesterday we had our election for this county ... Harry was chose without any opposition and I believe ... with the general approbation of the whole county, and I think there was not one gentleman not present or did not send me an excuse, and about six hundred freeholders.1

Returned unopposed in 1754, he was classed as a government supporter. He died 8 Sept. 1792.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Add. 32731, f. 474.