Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Charles Herbert Pierrepont, 2nd Earl Manvers (1778-1860)

Charles was the second surviving son of Charles Medows, who took the surname Pierrepont in 1788 on inheriting the estates of the late 2nd Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull. His father became Viscount Newark in 1796 and Earl Manvers in 1806.

Charles initially served in the Navy. He was a Lieutenant and Commander in 1797 and was promoted to Captain the following year. He served with Nelson in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic Wars but retired on half pay in 1803 to concentrate on his role as heir to the Pierrepont family estates.

His elder brother Evelyn had died in 1801, and Charles was returned unopposed to his seat as M.P. for Nottinghamshire. He remained an M.P. until 1816, and voted to oppose parliamentary reform in 1810, and to oppose Catholic relief in 1812 and 1816.

From 1806 to 1816 Charles was styled Viscount Newark. When he succeeded to the title and the estate in 1816, the 2nd Earl concentrated on the management of his estates, and became known as a good landlord.


He married Mary Laetitia, eldest daughter of Anthony Hardolph Eyre of Grove, Nottinghamshire (1784-1860), in 1804, and had:

  • Charles Evelyn (1805-1850), styled Viscount Newark from 1816-50, M.P. for East Reford 1830-35
  • Sydney William Herbert, later 3rd Earl (1825-1900)
  • Mary Frances (d 1905) m Edward C. Egerton in 1845
  • Annora Charlotte (d 1888) m Charles Watkin William Wynn in 1853

Archive Collections

  • Title deeds and estate papers relating to the 2nd Earl's ownership of his estates are part of the Manvers Collection held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham
  • Letters to the 4th Duke of Portland, 1819-35 are held in the Portland Collection in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham (reference Pw H 983-95)

Published Sources

  • 'Pierrepont, Charles', in R.G. Thorne (ed.), The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1790-1820 (London : Published for the History of Parliament Trust by Secker & Warburg, 1986)

Manuscripts and Special Collections

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