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Marquess Camden

Marquess Camden

A carte-de-visite portrait of the British peer and Tory politician George Charles Pratt (1799-1866), 2nd Marquess Camden, styled Viscount Bayham from 1794 to 1812 and Earl of Brecknock from 1812 to 1840.

Pratt's father was John Pratt, Viscount Bayham, eldest son of Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden. His mother was Frances Molesworth, daughter of William Molesworth of Wenbury in Devon.

In 1821, Brecknock became Tory Member of Parliament for Ludgershall, then for Bath in 1830 and finally for Dunwich in 1831. He was also a Lord of the Admiralty from 1828 to 1829.

On 8 January 1835, he was called to the House of Lords in his father's barony of Camden and was married later that year, on 27 August, to Harriet Murray (1813–1854), the daughter of George Murray, Bishop of Rochester. His wife was later made a Lady of the Bedchamber and they had eleven children.

In 1840, Camden inherited his father's titles and was appointed a Knight of the Garter in 1846 and Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire in 1865. He died on 6 August 1866 and his titles passed to his eldest son, John, Earl of Brecknock.

Photographed by Camille Silvy of London.


Code: 124732
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