Henry Strutt, 2nd Baron Belper

The Right Honourable
The Lord Belper

Strutt in 1880
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
In office
16 July 1895  4 December 1905
Monarch Victoria
Edward VII
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Arthur Balfour
Preceded by The Earl of Chesterfield
Succeeded by The Earl Beauchamp
Personal details
Born 20 May 1840
St Helen's House, Derby, Derbyshire
Died 26 July 1914
Kingston Hall, Nottinghamshire
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Liberal Unionist
Spouse(s) Lady Margaret Coke
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Henry Strutt, 2nd Baron Belper, PC, JP, DL (20 May 1840 – 26 July 1914), styled The Honourable Henry Strutt between 1856 and 1880, was a British businessman, courtier and politician. Initially a Liberal, he left the party over Irish Home Rule and later held office as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms from 1895 to 1905 in the Unionist administrations headed by Lord Salisbury and Arthur Balfour.

Background and education

Henry Strutt was born at St Helen's House, Derby, Derbyshire, the son of Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper, and his wife, Amelia Harriet Otter. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he held the degrees of LLB and MA.[1] In 1862 he played cricket for Cambridge University and from 1863 to 1865 for MCC against the universities.[2] He became president of the family cotton business W. G. & J. Strutt.

Political career

Initially a Liberal, Strutt was elected Member of Parliament for East Derbyshire in 1868, a seat he until 1874.[3] At the 1880 general election he was returned for Berwick-upon-Tweed,[4] which he represented until he succeeded his father in the barony on 30 June 1880 and entered the House of Lords.

Belper later left the Liberal Party over Irish Home Rule and joined the Liberal Unionists. When Lord Salisbury formed his last administration in 1895, Belper was sworn of the Privy Council[5] and appointed Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms,[6] a post he held until the fall of the government in 1905, the last three years under the premiership of Arthur Balfour.[7]

Belper was also an Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V between 1894 and 1914.[1] He was also a Lieutenant-Colonel in the South Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, a Justice of the Peace for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire and a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.[1]


Belper married Lady Margaret Coke, daughter of Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester, at Holkham, Norfolk, on 2 May 1874. They had three sons and five daughters:

Belper died at Kingston Hall, Nottinghamshire, in July 1914, aged 74, and was succeeded in the barony by his third but eldest surviving son, Algernon.

Styles of address

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Derbyshire
With: Francis Egerton
Succeeded by
Francis Arkwright
Francis Egerton
Preceded by
David Milne Home
Dudley Marjoribanks
Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed
April 1880June 1880
With: Dudley Marjoribanks
Succeeded by
David Milne Home
Dudley Marjoribanks
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Chesterfield
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
Succeeded by
The Earl Beauchamp
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Strutt
Baron Belper
Succeeded by
Algernon Strutt


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