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The son of Captain Guy Edward Pelham-Clinton (d 1934), the 10th Duke was a great-grandson of the 4th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Oxford and served as a captain in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. He was an expert lepidopterist and Deputy Keeper at the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. He succeeded his cousin, the 9th Duke, in November 1988 but as he was unmarried and there were no other direct male heirs through the 2nd Duke's line, the dukedom became extinct on his death on 25th December 1988.
The heir to the Earldom of Lincoln, through Sir Henry Clinton of Kirksted, Lincolnshire, the 3rd son of the 2nd Earl of Lincoln (d 1616), was Edward Horace Fiennes-Clinton (1913-2001). The 18th Earl was a retired manual worker in Western Australia and was married twice:
On his death in July 2001 the claimant to the title of 19th Earl of Lincoln was his grandson, Robert Edward Fiennes-Clinton (b 1972)
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