GARDNER, Lord Herbert Colstoun

1846 - 1921

Lord Gardner

Herbert Colstoun Gardner was born at St Giles, London on 9 June 1846, son of Alan Gardner (29 January 1810–2 November 1883), 3rd Baron Gardner, by his second wife, the professional actress Juliah Sarah née Fortescue (1817-3 November 1899) who married at St George's, Hanover Square, London in December 1848. However, he was born two years before his parents' marriage and was consequently not allowed to succeed in the barony of Gardner on his father's death in 1883. Educated at Harrow and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he was a member and eventually manager of the Amateur Dramatic Club 'flourishing exceedingly' under his management. He later acted with the Canterbury Old Stagers for whom he and William Yardley wrote some of the best plays and epilogues, which they produced. In 1867, Gardner was admitted at Inner Temple and was a Deputy Lieutenant of Middlesex. At the 1885 general election, Gardner was elected Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden, Essex serving as President of the Board of Agriculture 1892-1895 and held the seat until 1895 being raised to the peerage as 1st Baron Burghclere of Walden in the County of Essex. Herbert Colstoun Gardner married at St Peter's Church, Brighton on 4 March 1890, Lady Winifred Anne Henrietta Christiana (2 July 1864-28 September 1933), eldest daughter of Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon and widow of Captain the Hon. Alfred John George Byng (1851-1887). They had four daughters. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1897-1900 and as Lord Gardner, exhibited from 77 Berners Street, Ipswich in 1897 five watercolours, 'View near Dorking', 'Looking Southwards from one of the Surrey Hills', 'Shadows of an Old World', 'Thelnetham, Suffolk' and 'Worlick, near Raney', in 1898 seven works, in 1899 eight, in 1899 seven, and in 1900 exhibited from 102 London Road, Ipswich 'A Sunny Pool' and 'An Autumn Day'. An Ecclesiastical Commissioner from 1903-1921 and chairman of Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Gardner was also an author of several novels, and of comedies including 'Time will tell', 'Our Bitterest Foe', 'After Dinner' and 'Cousin Zacchary'. He published a translation of Virgil's Georgics in 1904. Lord Burghclere was of 48 Charles Street, Mayfair when he died at 9 Mandeville Place, Cavendish Square, London on 6 May 1921, aged 74 when the barony became extinct.

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