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Francis George Baring

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Francis George Baring, 2nd Earl of Northbrook (8 December 1850 – 12 April 1929), styled Viscount Baring from 1876 to 1904, was a British politician.

Northbrook was the eldest and only surviving son of Thomas Baring, 1st Earl of Northbrook, and his wife Elizabeth Harriett, daughter of Henry Charles Sturt and sister of Henry Sturt, 1st Baron Alington. He was educated at Eton and later served in the Rifle Brigade and in the Grenadier Guards.

Between 1873 and 1876 he was Aide-de-Camp to the Viceroy of India, his father.

In 1880 he entered the House of Commons for Winchester as a Liberal, a seat he held until 1885. He disagreed with William Ewart Gladstone over Irish Home Rule and later represented Biggleswade as a Liberal Unionist from 1886 to 1892.

In 1904 he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.

Lord Northbrook married firstly Ada Ethel Sophie, daughter of Cuthbert Davidson and former wife of Ian Robert James Murray Grant, in 1894. She died suddenly only a month after their marriage.

He married secondly Florence Anita, daughter of Eyre Coote and widow of Sir Robert John Abercromby, 7th Baronet, in 1899. There were no children from the two marriages.

Northbrook died in April 1929, aged 78, when the viscountcy of Baring and earldom became extinct. He was succeeded in his junior title of Baron Northbrook and in the Baring Baronetcy by his first cousin, Francis Arthur Baring. The Countess of Northbrook, who was appointed a CBE, died in December 1946, aged 85.

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