The Lord Arden
Lord Arden.
Master of the Mint
In office
MonarchGeorge III
Prime MinisterHenry Addington
Preceded byLord Hawkesbury
Succeeded byThe Earl Bathurst
Personal details
Born1 October 1756 (1756-10)
Charleton, Kent
Died5 July 1840 (1840-07-06) (aged 83)
St James's Place, London
Spouse(s)Margaretta Wilson
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge.
Lord Arden's funeral hatchment in St Luke's Church, Charlton. Above the shield is a baron's coronet. The fact that the hatchment is black on the left only indicates that his wife survived him.

Charles George Perceval, 2nd Baron Arden PC FRS (1 October 1756 – 5 July 1840) was a British politician.

Background and education

Catherine Compton, Countess of Egmont, with her eldest son Charles Perceval, mezzotint print by James MacArdell after Thomas Hudson, 1765

Charles George Perceval was born at Charlton, Kent, the son of John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont, by his second wife Catherine, 1st Baroness Arden, daughter of Charles Compton. Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was his younger brother.[1]

He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2]

Political career

Arden sat as Member of Parliament for Launceston from 1780 to 1790,[1][3] for Warwick from 1790 to 1796[1][4] and for Totnes from 1796 to 1802.[1][5] He had succeeded his mother as second Baron Arden in 1784. However, as this was an Irish peerage it did not prevent him sitting in the House of Commons.

He served as Master of the Mint between 1801 and 1802 and as a Commissioner of the India Board between 1801 and 1803.[1] In 1801 he was admitted to the Privy Council.[1][6] In 1802 he was created Baron Arden, of Arden in the County of Warwick, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, and was then obliged to enter the upper chamber of parliament. He was also a Lord of the Bedchamber between 1804 and 1812, Registrar of the Court of Admiralty between 1790 and 1840 and served as Lord Lieutenant of Surrey between 1830 and 1840.[1][7] As Registrar of the Court of Admiralty, he was a sinecurist, having waited 26 years for the office through reversion; the actual work was performed by a deputy registrar.


Lord Arden married Margaretta Elizabeth, daughter of General Sir Thomas Spencer Wilson, 6th Baronet, in 1787. They had six sons and two daughters. He died at St James's Place, London, in July 1840, aged 83, and was succeeded by his third but eldest surviving son, George, who also succeeded in the earldom of Egmont the following year. Lady Arden died in May 1851, aged 83.[1]


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  2. ^ "Perceval, the Hon. Charles George (PRCL774CG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
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Parliament of Great Britain Preceded byViscount CranborneThomas Bowlby Member of Parliament for Launceston 1780–1790 With: Thomas Bowlby 1780–1783Sir John Jervis 1783–1784George Rose 1784–1788Sir John Swinburne, Bt 1788–1790 Succeeded byJohn RodneySir Henry Clinton Preceded byCharles Francis GrevilleRobert Ladbroke Member of Parliament for Warwick 1790–1796 With: Henry Gage 1790–1791George Villiers 1791–1796 Succeeded byGeorge VilliersSamuel Robert Gaussen Preceded byWilliam Powlett PowlettFrancis Buller-Yarde Member of Parliament for Totnes 1796–1801 With: Lord George Seymour-Conway Succeeded byParliament of the United Kingdom Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byParliament of Great Britain Member of Parliament for Totnes 1801–1802 With: Lord George Seymour-Conway 1801William Adams 1801–1802 Succeeded byJohn Berkeley BurlandWilliam Adams Political offices Preceded byLord Hawkesbury Master of the Mint 1801–1802 Succeeded byThe Earl Bathurst Honorary titles Preceded byThe Viscount Midleton Lord Lieutenant of Surrey 1830–1840 Succeeded byThe Earl of Lovelace Peerage of Ireland Preceded byCatherine Perceval Baron Arden 1st creation1784–1840 Succeeded byGeorge James Perceval Peerage of the United Kingdom New creation Baron Arden 2nd creation1802–1840 Succeeded byGeorge James Perceval