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George William Lyttelton


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2. Sybella Harriet Clive

George William Lyttelton

  • Born: 31 Mar 1817, London
  • Marriage (1): Mary Glynne on 25 Jul 1839 in Hawarden, Flintshire
  • Marriage (2): Sybella Harriet Clive on 10 Jun 1869 in Foy, Herefordshire
  • Died: 19 Apr 1876, London aged 59 1
  • Buried: 22 Apr 1876, Hagley, Worcestershire 2

bullet  General Notes:

4th Baron Lyttleton, Baron of Frankley, the eldest son of William Lyttelton, 3rd Baron Lyttelton, and Lady Sarah Spencer, daughter of George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He succeeded his father as fourth Baron Lyttelton in 1837 and took his seat in the House of Lords on his 21st birthday a year later.

n January 1846 he was appointed Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in the Conservative government of Sir Robert Peel, a post he held until the government fell in June of the same year. Lyttelton was also Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire from 1839 to 1876 and the first President of Birmingham and Midland Institute in 1854. Moreover, he founded the region of Canterbury, New Zealand with Anglican colonists. The port of Canterbury bears his name. He was president of the British Chess Association at the time of the Staunton\endash Morphy controversy in 1858.

See more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lyttelton,_4th_Baron_Lyttelton
and the Dictionary of National Biography, Vol 12, pages 374-375 (Ancestry.com)

Cambridhe University Alumni notes :
Greatly interested in education; worked diligently for the establishment of the Oxford and Cambridge Local Examinations throughout the Midlands. One of the founders of the Saltley Training College, and its President for many years. Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1846. Member of Public Schools Commission, 1861. Chief Commissioner of Endowed Schools, 1870-4. F.R.S., 1840. P.C. and K.C.M.G., 1869. Took a leading part in the foundation of the Canterbury Settlement, New Zealand, and the Port of Lyttelton is named after him. Married (1) July 25, 1839, Mary, 2nd dau. of Sir Stephen Richard Glynne (her elder sister married Mr Gladstone on the same day); (2) June 10, 1869, Sybella Harriet, widow of Humphrey Francis Mildmay, and dau. of George Clive, of Ferrystone Court, Heref. Author, translations into Greek of poems by Milton, Gray and Tennyson. Suffered from intermittent melancholia. Died Apr. 19, 1876, by throwing himself over the balusters of a staircase in his London house. Father of the five above and of the next two; brother of William H. (1838). (Boase, II. 551; Book of Blues; G.E.C.; D.N.B.; Al. Oxon.; Viscount Cobham.)

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Education: Trinity College, Cambridge, 1833-1838. 3 Adm. pens. at TRINITY, Nov. 13, 1833. [Eldest] s. of William Henry [3rd] Baron [Christ Church, Oxford, 1798]. B. [Mar. 31], 1817. [School, Eton.] Matric. Lent, 1835; B.A. (Senior Classic) and M.A. 1838; Chancellor's medal (equal), 1838; Hon. LL.D. 1862. Hon. D.C.L., Oxford, 1870. Cricket 'blue,' 1838. Proceeded B.A. as well as M.A. (as a nobleman) in order to sit for the Chancellor's medal.

A candidate for the office of High Steward of the University in 1840, when Lord Lyndhurst was elected. Principal of Queen's College, Birmingham, 1845.

Probate: by his sole executor, The Rt Hon, Charles George Baron Lyttelton of Hagley Hall, his son, 6 Sep 1876, Worcester Probate Registry. 4 His estate was first valued at under 12,000 bur resworn at under 20,000.

George married Mary Glynne on 25 Jul 1839 in Hawarden, Flintshire. (Mary Glynne was born in 1813 and died in 1857.)

George next married Sybella Harriet Clive on 10 Jun 1869 in Foy, Herefordshire. (Sybella Harriet Clive was born in 1835 and died on 9 Dec 1900 in London 5.)


1 GRO Index - ancestry.com transcription, Marylebone Q2/1876 : 1a 368 - age 59.

2 Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20 & 22 (21 is missing) are available on ancestry.com, Buried in the church at Hagley Park.

3 Cambridge University Alumni - compiled by S A Venn.

4 Probate Calendar.

5 Probate Calendar, at 25 Ennismore Gardens, London.