The Marquess Cornwallis
Master of the Buckhounds
In office
13 May 1807 – 9 August 1823
MonarchGeorge III
George IV
Prime MinisterThe Duke of Portland
Spencer Perceval
The Earl of Liverpool
Preceded byThe Earl of Albemarle
Succeeded byThe Lord Maryborough
Personal details
Born19 October 1774
Died9 August 1823 (1823-08-10) (aged 48)
Spouse(s)Lady Louisa Gordon
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge

Charles Cornwallis, 2nd Marquess Cornwallis (19 October 1774 – 9 August 1823), styled Viscount Brome until 1805, was a British Tory politician. He served as Master of the Buckhounds between 1807 and 1823.


Cornwallis was the only son of General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, by his wife Jemima (née Jones). His mother died when he was four years old.[1] He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge, receiving his M.A. in 1795.[2]

Political career

In 1795 Cornwallis was returned to parliament as one of two representatives for Eye (alongside his uncle William Cornwallis), a seat he held until 1796.[3] He then sat as a Knight of the Shire for Suffolk until 1805,[4] when he succeeded his father in the marquessate and entered the House of Lords.[1] In 1807 he was appointed Master of the Buckhounds, a post he held until his death fourteen years later.[5]


Lord Cornwallis married Lady Louisa Gordon, daughter of Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon, in 1797. They had five daughters, including Lady Jane Cornwallis, wife of Richard Griffin, 3rd Baron Braybrooke, and Lady Jemima Cornwallis, wife of Edward Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans. He died in August 1823, aged 48. The marquessate became extinct on his death while he was succeeded in his remaining titles by his uncle, the Right Reverend James Cornwallis.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Sir Charles Cornwallis, 2nd Marquess Cornwallis
  2. ^ "Cornwallis, Charles, Viscount Brome (CNWS792C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
  5. ^ British History Online: The buckhounds 1660-1837
Parliament of Great Britain Preceded byHon. William CornwallisPeter Bathurst Member of Parliament for Eye 1795–1796 With: Hon. William Cornwallis Succeeded byHon. William CornwallisMark Singleton Preceded bySir John Rous, BtSir Charles Bunbury, Bt Member of Parliament for Suffolk 1796–1801 With: Sir Charles Bunbury, Bt Succeeded byParliament of the United Kingdom Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byParliament of Great Britain Member of Parliament for Suffolk 1801–1805 With: Sir Charles Bunbury, Bt Succeeded bySir Charles Bunbury, BtThomas Gooch Political offices Preceded byThe Earl of Albemarle Master of the Buckhounds 1806–1823 Succeeded byThe Lord Maryborough Peerage of Great Britain Preceded byCharles Cornwallis Marquess Cornwallis 1805–1823 Extinct Earl Cornwallis 1805–1823 Succeeded byJames Cornwallis