Robert Henley, 2nd Earl of Northington

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The Earl of Northington

Portrait of Robert Henley, 2nd Earl of Northington.jpg
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
In office
3 May 1783 – 12 February 1784
Preceded byThe Earl Temple
Succeeded byThe Duke of Rutland

Robert Henley, 2nd Earl of Northington (3 January 1747 – 5 July 1786) was a British politician.

He was born the eldest son of Robert Henley, 1st Earl of Northington and educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He succeeded his father to the earldom in 1772, inheriting The Grange, Northington.

He was appointed a Teller of the Exchequer in 1763, a position he held until his death. He was also Clerk of the hanaper for life from 1771.

The Grange, Northington

He was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) for Hampshire on 30 March 1768, and sat until succeeding as 2nd Earl of Northington on 14 January 1772,[1] when he moved to the House of Lords. He was made a Knight of the Thistle on 18 August 1773.[2] In 1783 he served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in the Fox-North Coalition, being appointed a member of the Privy Council on 30 April.

On his death, unmarried, at the age of thirty-nine, his titles became extinct and his sisters sold The Grange to the Drummond banking family. A 1787 portrait by Joshua Reynolds is in the Art Gallery of South Australia.[3]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Richard Mill, Bt
Sir Simeon Stuart, Bt
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
With: Sir Simeon Stuart, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Henry St John, Bt
Sir Simeon Stuart, Bt