The Duke of Northumberland
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The Duke of Northumberland by Leslie Ward, 1884.
Paymaster-General and
Vice-President of the Board of Trade
In office
3 March 1859 – 11 June 1859
MonarchQueen Victoria
Prime MinisterThe Earl of Derby
Preceded byThe Earl of Donoughmore
Succeeded byJames Wilson
Lord Privy Seal
In office
4 February 1878 – 21 April 1880
MonarchQueen Victoria
Prime MinisterThe Earl of Beaconsfield
Preceded byThe Earl of Beaconsfield
Succeeded byThe Duke of Argyll
Personal details
Born20 May 1810 (1810-05-20)
Died2 January 1899 (1899-01-03) (aged 88)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Louisa Drummond
(d. 1890)
ChildrenHenry Percy, 7th Duke of Northumberland
Lord Algernon Percy
Parent(s)George Percy, 5th Duke of Northumberland
Louisa Stuart-Wortley

Algernon George Percy, 6th Duke of Northumberland, KG, PC, DL (20 May 1810 – 2 January 1899), styled Lord Lovaine between 1830 and 1865 and Earl Percy between 1865 and 1867, was a British Conservative politician.[1] He held office under the Earl of Derby as Paymaster-General and Vice-President of the Board of Trade in 1859 and under Benjamin Disraeli as Lord Privy Seal between 1878 and 1880.


Northumberland was the eldest son of George Percy, Lord Lovaine, eldest son of Algernon Percy, 1st Earl of Beverley, a younger son of Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland.[1] From his father's succession as second Earl of Beverley in 1830, Percy was styled Lord Lovaine. In 1865, Lord Beverley inherited the dukedom of Northumberland from his first cousin, Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland, and thenceforth Lovaine was styled Earl Percy. His mother was Louisa, daughter of the Hon. James Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, second son of Prime Minister John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute.

Lord Josceline Percy and Lieutenant-General Lord Henry Percy were his younger brothers.[2]

Northumberland attended Eton College.

Political career

Northumberland sat in the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Bere Alston between 1831 and 1832[3] and for Northumberland North between 1852 and 1865.[4] He served Civil Lord of the Admiralty between 1858 and 1859 and as Paymaster-General and Vice-President of the Board of Trade in 1859[5] in Lord Derby's second government. The latter year he was also sworn of the Privy Council.[5]

In 1867 he succeeded in the dukedom on the death of his father and entered the House of Lords. He joined the Earl of Beaconsfield's second government as Lord Privy Seal in 1878, with a seat in the cabinet, a post he held until the fall of the government in 1880.[6]

Northumberland was also Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland between 1877 and 1899.[6] He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1886.[7]


Northumberland married Louisa, daughter of Henry Drummond, in 1845. She died in December 1890. Northumberland survived her by nine years and died in January 1899, aged 88. The Duke and his wife were buried in the Percy family vault in Westminster Abbey.[8] He was succeeded in the dukedom by his eldest son, Henry, Earl Percy. Northumberland's second son Lord Algernon Percy was also a politician.

At the Percy seat Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, he enlisted Anthony Salvin to do considerable interior works in the neo-Gothic style, and purchased the collection of paintings amassed by the Roman painter Vincenzo Camuccini, to add to the pictures at Alnwick, swelled by the collection formerly at Northumberland House, The Strand, London, which was demolished in 1874.


  1. ^ a b "Percy, Algernon George, sixth duke of Northumberland (1810–1899), landowner and politician". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/51152. Retrieved 8 February 2021. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "- Person Page 1045". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ " House of Commons: Bedford to Berwick upon Tweed". Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ " House of Commons: Northampton North to Nuneaton". Archived from the original on 7 April 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ a b "No. 22236". The London Gazette. 4 March 1859. p. 988.
  6. ^ a b " Peerage: Norfolk to Nuneham". Archived from the original on 8 June 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "No. 25561". The London Gazette. 23 February 1886. p. 848.
  8. ^ "Westminster Abbey » Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland & Percy family". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2015.