Charles Arbuthnot

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Charles Arbuthnot (1767-1850) was a British Tory politician.

Preceded by:
The Earl of Aberdeen
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1828–1830
Followed by:
The Lord Holland

Rt Hon Charles Arbuthnot, MP, PC. Born Rockfleet Castle 14 March 1767. Died at Apsley House 18 August 1850. Will proved 9 December 1850. Elected Member of Parliament for East Looe March, 1795; for Eye in Suffolk, April 1809; for Orford, Suffolk, 1812; for St Germans, Cornwall, 1818-27; for St Ives, 1828-30; for Ashburton, 1830-31. Consul General in Portugal 1800-01. Ambassador Extraordinary at Constantinople, 1804-07. S Gambardello's portrait of him is at Apsley House. Married first, at Cholmondeley House, Piccadilly, 28 February 1799, Marcia Mary Anne Clapcott Lisle (born 9 July 1774, died Constantinople 24 May 1806), who had since 1795 been lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Wales (later Caroline of Brunswick), daughter of William Clapcott Lisle of Upway, Dorset, and niece to George, 1st Marquess Cholmondeley. Marcia's portrait was painted by J Hoppney and an engraving of the portrait was made by Reynolds. They had four children: General Charles G J Arbuthnot, Caroline E Arbuthnot, Henry and Marcia who married William 3rd Marquess Cholmondeley. Charles Arbuthnot married second at Fulbeck, 31 January 1814, Harriet Fane (born 10 September 1793; died 2 August 1834; buried Fulbeck), one of 14 children, daughter of General the Hon Henry Fane of Fulbeck, Lincolnshire (younger brother of John, 9th Earl of Westmorland). The Duke of Wellington was much attached to Mr and Mrs Arbuthnot and Charles, during the latter years of his life, lived in the Duke's house as his confidential friend; their story is told in "Wellington and the Arbuthnots", E A Smith 1994. Harriet's portrait was also painted by J. Hoppney and it is now in Foundation Lazzaro Galdiano, Madrid. Sir Thomas Lawrence's portrait of her is at Woodford. Her diaries were published as "The Journal of Mrs Arbuthnot" (ed. F Bamford and the Duke of Wellington, pub MacMillan 1950).

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