Charles Pierrepont, 1st Earl Manvers

Charles Pierrepont, 1st Earl Manvers

Charles Pierrepont, 1st Earl Manvers (4 November 1737 – 17 June 1816) was an English nobleman and naval officer, born Charles Medows, the second son of Philip Medows, deputy ranger of Richmond Park, and Lady Frances, daughter of Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull.

Educated at Oxford, he became a midshipman in the Royal Navy and was promoted lieutenant on 7 August 1755. He became a commander on 5 April 1757 and a post captain on 17 August,[1] resigning his commission in 1763.

In 1773, Charles' uncle, the 2nd Duke of Kingston, died. The Duke left his estates to the Duchess of Kingston for her life, and then to Charles, his heirs, and Charles' younger siblings, excluding Charles' elder brother Evelyn. Evelyn challenged the will unsuccessfully, although the proceedings which followed established the marriage of the Duchess to be bigamous.

With the patronage of the Duke of Newcastle, he was returned as Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire in 1778. He continued to sit as a knight of the shire until he was ennobled in 1796. In the meantime, in 1788, the Duchess of Kingston died, and Medows adopted the surname of Pierrepont upon inheriting the estates. A watercolour sketch titled 'In Captain Pierrepont's Grounds' was painted by the Preston-born artist Anthony Devis (1729–1817).

In Parliament, Pierrepont supported the Duke of Portland, whose influence helped him to be raised to the peerage as Baron Pierrepont, of Holme Pierrepont in the County of Nottingham, and Viscount Newark, of Newark on Trent in the County of Nottingham, on 23 July 1796,[2] and Earl Manvers on 1 April 1806.[3] In the House of Lords, Manvers supported agricultural reforms, and was vice-president of the Board of Agriculture in 1803. Manvers died in 1816 and was buried at Holme Pierrepont.

Family and children

He married Anne Orton, daughter of William Mills of Richmond, in 1774. They had five children:

  • Evelyn Henry Frederick Pierrepont (1775–1801).
  • Charles Herbert Pierrepont, 2nd Earl Manvers (1778–1860).
  • Hon. Henry Manvers Pierrepont (1780–1858).
  • Hon. Philip Sydney Pierrepont (13 June 1786 – 15 February 1864), of Evenley Hall, Northamptonshire, married on 19 August 1810 Georgiana Browne, died without issue.
  • Lady Frances Augusta Pierrepont (d. 1847), married on 20 October 1802 Admiral William Bentinck (1746–1813), married on 30 July 1821 Henry William Stephens.


  1. ^ Doyle, James William Edmund (1885). The Official Baronage of England, v. 2. London: Longmans, Green. p. 463. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  2. ^ London Gazette: no. 13914. p. 704. 23 July 1796. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  3. ^ London Gazette: no. 15905. p. 407. 29 March 1806. Retrieved 2008-11-17.

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Preceded by
Earl of Lincoln
Lord Edward Bentinck
Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire
With: Lord Edward Bentinck
Succeeded by
Lord William Bentinck
Hon. Evelyn Pierrepont
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Earl Manvers
Succeeded by
Charles Pierrepont
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New creation Viscount Newark
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