The Lord Sandys
Treasurer of the Household
In office
23 July 1847 – 21 February 1852
Prime MinisterLord John Russell
Preceded byLord Robert Grosvenor
Succeeded byLord Claud Hamilton
Personal details
Born28 January 1798 (1798-01-28)
Died10 April 1863 (1863-04-11) (aged 65)
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Louisa Blake (d. 1886)

Arthur Marcus Cecil Sandys, 3rd Baron Sandys (28 January 1798 – 10 April 1863), known as Lord Marcus Hill until 1860, was a British Whig politician. Lea & Perrins has claimed that Sandys encountered a precursor to Worcestershire sauce while in India with the East India Company in the 1830s, and commissioned the local apothecaries to recreate it, eventually leading to its popularity in England.


Born Lord Marcus Hill, Sandys was a younger son of Arthur Hill, 2nd Marquess of Downshire, and Mary, 1st Baroness Sandys, daughter of Colonel the Hon. Martin Sandys. Arthur Hill, 3rd Marquess of Downshire, was his elder brother.

Political career

Ombersley Court, seat of the Barons Sandys
Ombersley Court, seat of the Barons Sandys

Sandys was Member of Parliament for Newry from 1832 to 1835 and for Evesham from 1838 to 1852. He served as Comptroller of the Household under Lord Melbourne in 1841 and under Lord John Russell between 1846 and 1847 and as Treasurer of the Household under Russell between 1847 and 1852. In 1860 he succeeded his elder brother as third Baron Sandys. The following year he assumed by Royal licence the surname of Sandys in lieu of Hill.


Saint Andrew's church, Ombersley: memorial on Arthur Marcus Cecil Sandys, Lord Sandys (1798–1863)
Saint Andrew's church, Ombersley: memorial on Arthur Marcus Cecil Sandys, Lord Sandys (1798–1863)

Lord Sandys married Louisa, daughter of Joseph Blake, in 1837. He died in April 1863, aged 65, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Augustus. Lady Sandys died in April 1886.

He was a godfather to Arthur Cheek, "the young martyr of Allahabad", who was given the forenames Arthur Marcus Hill in his honour.[1]


Coat of arms of Marcus Sandys, 3rd Baron Sandys
1st: a Griffin segreant per fess Or and Gules (Sandys); 2nd: a Reindeer's Head couped at the neck Gules attired and plain collared Or (Hill)
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Or a Fess dancetty between three Cross Crosslets fitchy Gules (Sandys); 2nd and 3rd, Sable on a Fess Argent between three Leopards passant guardant Or spotted of the field as many Escallops Gules (Hill)
On either side a Griffin wings elevated per fess Or and Gules gorged with a Collar dancetty of the last
Probum Non Paenitet (The honest man has not to repent)[2]


  1. ^ Meek, Robert (1857). The Martyr of Allahabad: Memorials of Ensign Arthur Marcus Hill Cheek. London: James Nisbet & Co.
  2. ^ "Sandys, Baron (UK, 1802)". Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byJohn Henry Knox Member of Parliament for Newry 1832–1835 Succeeded byDenis Caulfield Brady Preceded byPeter Borthwick George Rushout-Bowles Member of Parliament for Evesham 1838–1852 With: George Rushout-Bowles 1838–1841Peter Borthwick 1841–1847Sir Henry Willoughby, Bt 1847–1852 Succeeded bySir Henry Willoughby, Bt Grenville Berkeley Political offices Preceded byHon. George Byng Comptroller of the Household 1841 Succeeded byHon. George Dawson-Damer Preceded byHon. George Dawson-Damer Comptroller of the Household 1846–1847 Succeeded byHon. William Lascelles Preceded byLord Robert Grosvenor Treasurer of the Household 1847–1852 Succeeded byLord Claud Hamilton Peerage of the United Kingdom Preceded byArthur Hill Baron Sandys 1860–1863 Succeeded byAugustus Sandys