Lord Stuart de Decies
Smith, Stephen Catterson (Irish artist, 1806-1872)
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Description:Born Henry Chrichton-Stuart, in London, he was the eldest son of Lord Henry Chrichton-Stuart, third son of John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute. His mother was Lady Gertrude Emilia, daughter and heiress of George Mason-Villiers, 2nd Earl Grandison. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1822 he assumed by Royal license the surname of Villiers-Stuart in lieu of Chrichton-Stuart. Stuart sat as Member of Parliament for County Waterford from 1826 to 1830 and for Banbury from 1830 to 1831. He was appointed the first ever Lord-Lieutenant of County Waterford in 1831, a post he held until his death, and was admitted to the Irish Privy Council in 1837.In 1839 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Stuart de Decies, of Dromana within the Decies in the County of Waterford.