Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Henry Pelham Archibald Douglas Pelham-Clinton, 7th Duke (1864-1928)

Known as Lord Lincoln until he inherited the dukedom from his father in 1879, when aged only 15, Henry was educated at Eton and then Magdalen College, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1884. He held a number of local offices appropriate with his rank and station, such as Lord High Steward of Retford, Master Forrester of Dartmoor and Keeper of St Briavel's Castle. A damaging fall in childhood meant he had delicate health and so only played a small part in public life. As a staunch Anglo-Catholic, however, he did speak on ecclesiastical issues in the House of Lords.

One of the 7th Duke's most significant achievements was the restoration of the fortunes of his family estate, by means of both consolidation and disposal - the latter evidenced by activity such as the sale of the Worksop Manor Estate. When, in 1879 a serious fire destroyed much of Clumber House, he had it magnificently rebuilt to designs by the younger Charles Barry. The duke was actively involved in the rebuilding process, and in particular in the design and building of the magnificent St Mary the Virgin Chapel in the grounds. He was also responsible for the establishment of the Clumber Choir School.


Photographic portrait of the 7th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne

7th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne

Photograph of Clumber from across the lake

View of Clumber across the lake


In 1889 he married Kathleen Florence May née Candy (1872-1955) but as they had no children he was succeeded to the title by his brother, widely known as Lord Francis Hope. However, Clumber House passed by his will to his nephew, Henry Edward Hugh Pelham-Clinton-Hope (later the 9th Duke).

Archive Collections

  • The 7th Duke's papers form a limited sub-fonds the Newcastle (Clumber) Collection held at the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in The University of Nottingham.
  • There are also papers relating to the 7th Duke's affairs contained within the Newcastle (Clumber) Collection, held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham, particularly the 6th deposit (Ne 6).

Published Sources

  • Illustrated article on Clumber House in Country Life, September 1908
  • There are no notable published works concerning the 7th Duke, although there are some biographical details in Fletcher, John, Ornament of Sherwood Forest : from ducal estate to public park (Country Books, 2005) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Not 508.G76 FLE]


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