The Right Horourable
The Earl of Harrington
11th Earl of Harrington
Coat of Arms of the Earls of Harrington
Tenure1929 – 2009
PredecessorCharles Stanhope, 10th Earl of Harrington
SuccessorCharles Stanhope, 12th Earl of Harrington
Other titles11th Viscount Petersham
11th Baron Harrington
8th Viscount Stanhope of Mahon
8th Baron Stanhope of Elvaston
BornWilliam Henry Leicester Stanhope
(1922-08-24)24 August 1922
Died12 April 2009(2009-04-12) (aged 86)
ResidenceElvaston Castle (sold to Derbyshire Council in 1969)
  • Eileen Foley Grey
    (m. 1942; div. 1947)
  • Ann Theodora Chute
    (m. 1947; div. 1962)
  • Priscilla Margaret Cubitt
    (m. 1964)
OccupationPeer and Army Captain

William Henry Leicester Stanhope, 11th Earl of Harrington (24 August 1922 – 12 April 2009) was a British army captain and peer.[1]

Early life and education

Stanhope was the son of Charles Stanhope, 10th Earl of Harrington and Margaret Trelawney Seaton. He succeeded in the earldom on the death of his father on 16 November 1929. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[2]

In 1967, the 11th Earl also succeeded as eighth Viscount Stanhope of Mahon and eighth Baron Stanhope of Elvaston, following the death of his distant relative James Stanhope, 7th Earl Stanhope.[3] He inherited these titles (but not James' Earldoms) by a special remainder in the latter's patent which allowed these titles to be inherited by the male heirs of John Stanhope, father of the first Earl of Harrington.[1]

Military service

Lord Harrington fought in the Second World War. He gained the rank of captain in the service of the 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars (Royal Armoured Corps).[2][4]

Personal life

Lord Harrington married three times and had eight children. He married, firstly, Eileen Foley Grey, daughter of Sir John Foley Grey, 8th Baronet, and Jean Jessie May de Sales la Terrière, on 5 February 1942. He and Eileen Foley Grey were divorced in 1947.[2] They had three children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren:

Lord Harrington married, secondly, Ann Theodora Chute, daughter of Major Richard Arenbourg Blennerhassett Chute, on 24 January 1947. He and Ann Theodora Chute were divorced in 1962.[2] They had three children and five grandchildren:

Lord Harrington married, thirdly, Priscilla Margaret Cubitt, daughter of Major Hon. Archibald Edward Cubitt and Sibell Margaret Norman, on 14 October 1964.[7] They had two children and four grandchildren:

In 2003, Lord Harrington lived at The Glen, Ballingarry, County Limerick, Ireland.[2]

On 12 April 2009, Lord Harrington died at the age 86[1] at Ballingarry, in County Limerick, Ireland.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "William Henry Stanhope: A knowledgeable enthusiast for Irish equestrianism". The Irish Times. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 1796. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  3. ^ "House of Stanhope". European Heraldry. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ "BILL HARRINGTON, 11TH EARL OF HARRINGTON (1922-2009)". Turtle Bunbury. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Twelfth Generation – 560. Hon. William Henry Leicester STANHOPE". Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Twelfth Generation – 361. Serena STANHOPE". Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  7. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 121. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.
  8. ^ "Death of Earl who used to own Elvaston Castle". Derby Telegraph. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
Peerage of Great Britain Preceded byCharles Stanhope Earl of Harrington1929 – 2009 Succeeded byCharles Stanhope Preceded byJames Stanhope Viscount Stanhope of Mahon1967 – 2009