Beaumont Hotham, 3rd Baron Hotham

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Beaumont Hotham, 3rd Baron Hotham (9 August 1794 – 12 December 1870), was a British soldier, peer and long-standing Conservative Member of Parliament.


Hotham was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Beaumont Hotham of South Dalton, East Riding of Yorkshire and Philadelphia Dyke. His father died when he was five years old. He was educated at Westminster School.

He joined the army as an Ensign in the Coldstream Guards in 1810, and was promoted to captain in 1813, major in 1819, lieut.-colonel in 1825; colonel in 1838, major-general in 1851, lieut.-general in 1858 and full general in 1865. He fought in the Peninsular campaign of 1812–1814, including the Battle of Salamanca and the Battle of Vitoria and was at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

In 1814 he succeeded his grandfather as third Baron Hotham, but as this was an Irish peerage it did not entitle him to a seat in the House of Lords. He was instead elected to the House of Commons for Leominster in 1820, a seat he held, with a brief exception for a few months in 1831, until 1841, and then represented the East Riding of Yorkshire between 1841 and 1868. By the time he retired from the House of Commons he was one of the longest-serving Members of Parliament.

In 1771 he rebuilt at his own expense the Parish Church of South Dalton near to the family seat of Dalton Hall.

Lord Hotham died in December 1870, aged 76, and was buried in his church at South Dalton. He never married and was succeeded in his titles and estates by his nephew Charles.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Lubbock
John Harcourt
Member of Parliament for Leominster
1820 – May 1831
With: Sir William Cuninghame-Fairlie 1820–1826
Thomas Bish 1826–1827
Rowland Stephenson 1827–1830
John Ward 1830
William Marshall 1830–1831
Succeeded by
William Bertram Evans
Thomas Brayen
Preceded by
William Bertram Evans
Thomas Brayen
Member of Parliament for Leominster
December 1831 – 1841
With: William Bertram Evans 1831–1832
Thomas Bish 1832–1837
Charles Greenaway 1837–1841
Succeeded by
Charles Greenaway
James Wigram
Preceded by
Richard Bethell
Henry Broadley
Member of Parliament for the East Riding of Yorkshire
1841 – 1868
With: Henry Broadley 1841–1851
Arthur Duncombe 1851–1868
Succeeded by
Christopher Sykes
William Harrison-Broadley
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Beaumont Hotham
Baron Hotham
Succeeded by
Charles Hotham