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Circa 1840's, by Hill & Adamson

John Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 2nd Baron Wharncliffe FRS (20 April 1801 – 22 October 1855), was a British Tory politician. He served briefly as Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies between December 1834 and January 1835.


A member of the Stuart family headed by the Marquess of Bute, Wharncliffe was the son of James Stuart-Wortley, 1st Baron Wharncliffe, and his wife Lady Caroline Elizabeth Mary Crichton, daughter of John Crichton, 1st Earl Erne. He was the elder brother of Charles Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie and James Stuart-Wortley.

Political career

Wharncliffe sat as Member of Parliament for Bossiney from 1823 to 1830,[1] for Perth Burghs from 1830 to 1831[2] and for the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1841 to 1845.[3] He served under the Duke of Wellington as Secretary to the Board of Control in 1830 and under Sir Robert Peel as Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from 1834 to 1835. in 1845 succeeded his father in the barony and took his seat in the House of Lords.

Lord Wharncliffe was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June, 1829.[4]


Lord Wharncliffe married Lady Georgiana Elizabeth Ryder, daughter of Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby, in 1825. They had five children:

Lord Wharncliffe died in October 1855, aged 54, at Wortley Hall, Wortley,[5] and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Edward, who was created Earl of Wharncliffe in 1876. Lady Wharncliffe survived her husband by almost 30 years and died in August 1884.


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