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The Marquess of Ailesbury
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Chippenham
In office
Preceded byBanister Fletcher
Succeeded byThe Baron Islington
Majority3,657 (54%)
Personal details
Henry Augustus Brudenell-Bruce

(1842-04-11)11 April 1842
Died10 March 1911(1911-03-10) (aged 68)
Political partyConservative
Georgiana Sophia Maria Pinckney
(m. 1870; died 1902)
Children3, including George
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/service British Army

Henry Augustus Brudenell-Bruce, 5th Marquess of Ailesbury (11 April 1842 – 10 March 1911), styled Lord Henry Bruce from 1878 to 1894, was a British soldier, businessman and Conservative politician.

Early life

Ailesbury was the third son of Ernest Brudenell-Bruce, 3rd Marquess of Ailesbury, and his wife the Hon. Louisa Elizabeth, daughter of John Horsley-Beresford, 2nd Baron Decies. He was educated at Windlesham House School and Eton College.[1]


He served in the British Army and achieved the rank of Captain in the 9th Regiment of Foot and Lieutenant-Colonel in the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment. Between 1886 and 1892 he sat as Member of Parliament for Chippenham. He was also Chairman of Meux & Co, brewers. In 1894 he succeeded to the marquessate on the early death of his nephew and took his seat in the House of Lords.


Lord Ailesbury married, in 1870, Georgiana Sophia Maria Pinckney, daughter of George Henry Pinckney, of Tawstock, Devon. She died in London on 23 June 1902.[2] They had three children, Lady Ernestine Mary Alma Georgiana (6 September 1871 – 18 May 1953), George William James Chandos Brudenell-Bruce, 6th Marquess of Ailesbury (21 May 1873 – 4 August 1961), and Lady Violet Louisa Marjory (1 March 1880 – 26 August 1923). Lady Marjory married James Binney of Pampisford Hall, Cambridgeshire and had three children, Merlin Brudenell Binney(1908), Olivia Rowena Binney(1910) and Hector Danneskiold Brudenell Binney(1919).[3] Ailesbury remained a widower until his death in March 1911, aged 68. He was succeeded in the marquessate by his son George.


  1. ^ Malden, Henry C. (1902). Muster Roll. Windlesham House, Brighton. A.D. 1837 to 1902 (2nd ed.). Brighton: H. & C. Treacher.
  2. ^ "Obituary". The Times (36803). London. 25 June 1902. p. 7.
  3. ^ "Person Page #24447". The Peerage. Retrieved 15 February 2018.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Banister Fletcher
Member of Parliament for Chippenham
Succeeded by
The Baron Islington
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Brudenell-Bruce
Marquess of Ailesbury
Succeeded by
George Brudenell-Bruce