William Pleydell Bouverie, 5th Earl of Radnor 239
- Born: 19 June 1841, London
- Marriage: Helen Matilda Chaplin in 1866
- Died: 3 June 1900 aged 58
From The Times, June 5, 1900
The death is announced of the Earl of Radnor, which took place on
Sunday morning. The event was sudden, for his Lordship attended the
levée at the beginning of last week, and it was only on Saturday that
medical advice was seriously called for and a consultation took place
on the symptoms which then alarmingly developed themselves. The right
honourable William Pleydell-Bouverie, who was the fifth earl, was born
in 1841, and was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.
In 1866 he married a sister of the President of the Local Government
Board - Ellen Matilda, daughter of the late Rev. Henry Chaplin, vicar
of Ryhall, Rutlandshire. In 1874 he entered the House of Commons as
Conservative member for South Wilts. For some 15 years he was a
familiar and popular figure in that assembly under the title ofViscount Folkestone. He represented the Wiltshire consituency during
the long administration of Mr. Disraeli from 1874 to 1880, and again
from 1880 to 1885, when Mr. Gladstone was in power. At the general
election of the latter year he was returned for the Enfield Divison
of Middlesex, and he represented this metropolitan division until his
succession to the peerage on the death of the fourth earl in 1889.
During the short Conservative Government of 1885-86, and again under
the Government of Lord Salisbury beginning in 1886, he was Treasurer
of the Household. He was a justice of the peace both in Berks and
Wilts, and chairman of the Salisbury Bench of magistrates and also
chairman of quarter sessions. Lord Radnor was a man of many-sided
activities and interests. A thorough sportsman, and until some two
years ago a master of hounds, and at one time a member of the Jockey
Club, he was also a Freemason, being a Provincial Grand Master for
Wiltshire, and a captain of the Wiltshire Yeomanry, while in all
public and philanthropic movements into which he threw himself his
genial presence was a tower of strength. By his death a vacancy is
created in South Wiltshire, whose present Parliamentary representative
is Viscount Folkestone. The new earl is now serving in South Africa.
The funeral of the late Earl will take place at Britford Church on
Thursday next at 1 30 p.m. Carriages will meet at the 11 a.m. train
from Waterloo at Salisbury. The train returns from Salisbury at 2 56
Noted events in his life were:
1. He appeared on the census in 1861 in Longford Castle, Britford, Wiltshire.
2. Census UK 1881: 1881, 8 Ennismore Gardens, Westminster, London.
3. His funeral was held on 15 June 1900 in Britford Church, Salisbury.
William married Helen Matilda Chaplin, daughter of Reverend Henry Chaplin and Caroline Ellice, in 1866. (Helen Matilda Chaplin was born in 1845 in Ryhall, Rutland and died on 11 September 1929 in Armitage Hill, Sunninghill, Berkshire.)