Frederick Oliver Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon

Robinson was the only son and only surviving child of George Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon and grandson of Prime Minister F. J. Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon. His mother was Henrietta Anne Theodosia Vyner, daughter of Henry Vyner. He was educated at Eton College.

Political Career
Viscount Goderich was attached to the British commission sent, under his father’s head, to Washington to settle the Alabama claims in 1871. Styled Earl de Grey after his father was elevated to a marquessate later in 1871, he entered Parliament for Ripon in 1874, a seat he held until 1880. A longtime friend of King Edward VII, in July 1901 he was appointed Treasurer to Queen Alexandra. He was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in December 1901, and promoted to Knight Grand Cross (GCVO) in 1909. In 1909 he succeeded his father in the marquessate and took his seat in the House of Lords.

He was Captain of the 27th West Riding of Yorkshire Volunteers in 1870, and JP for the counties of North and West Ridings and the Liberty of Ripon. He was also a trustee of the Wallace Collection and a supporter of the Royal Opera House.

Sporting Interests
Lord Ripon was a fast, accurate game shooter, who was noted to down 28 pheasants in sixty seconds as a shooting party guest on the Sandringham House estate. He also holds the record of the greatest recorded lifetime bag of birds shot – 556,000, including 241,000 pheasants.

Personal Life
Lord Ripon married Constance Gwladys Herbert, daughter of Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea and widow of St George Lowther, 4th Earl of Lonsdale, in 1885. She was a noted patron of the arts, friend among many other artists to Oscar Wilde and Nellie Melba. They had no children. She died in October 1917, aged 58. Lord Ripon survived her by six years and died in September 1923, aged 71, having collapsed on Dallowgill Moor near Studley Royal Park, after shooting 52 birds that morning. He was buried at St Mary’s, Studley Royal, and on his death all his titles became extinct.

Edith, the grandmother of the author Barbara Taylor Bradford, worked as a servant for the Marquess, and lived in properties owned by him. She named two of her illegitimate children Freda and Frederick. Taylor Bradford’s biographer, Piers Dudgeon, uncovered evidence that their father was the Marquess. Edith later lived in a workhouse.

(Excerpt from Wikipedia).

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