John Gathorne-Hardy, 2nd Earl of Cranbrook

John Stewart Gathorne-Hardy, 2nd Earl of Cranbrook (22 March 1839 – 13 July 1911), known as Lord Medway from 1892 to 1906, was a British peer and Conservative Member of Parliament.

Born John Stewart Hardy, Cranbrook was the eldest son of the Conservative politician Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 1st Earl of Cranbrook, and Jane Orr. He assumed the additional surname of Gathorne by Royal licence in 1878 and when his father was elevated to the peerage as Earl of Cranbrook in 1892, he gained the courtesy title of Lord Medway. Cranbrook was elected to the House of Commons for Rye in 1868, a seat he held until 1880, and later represented Mid Kent from 1884 to 1885 and Medway from 1885 to 1892. In 1906 he succeeded his father as second Earl of Cranbrook and took his seat in the House of Lords.

Lord Cranbrook married Cicely Marguerite Wilhelmina Ridgway, daughter of Joseph Ridgway, in 1867. Their younger son, Hon. Sir John Francis Gathorne-Hardy, was a general in the army. Their daughter, Lady Dorothy Milner Gathorne-Hardy, married Rupert D'Oyly Carte. Lord Cranbrook died in July 1911, aged 72, and was succeeded by his eldest son Gathorne. Lady Cranbrook died in 1931.



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    Parliament of the United Kingdom
    Preceded by
    Lauchlan Bellingham Mackinnon
    Member of Parliament for Rye
    Succeeded by
    Frederick Andrew Inderwick
    Preceded by
    William Hart Dyke
    Sir Edmund Filmer
    Member of Parliament for Mid Kent
    1884 – 1885
    With: William Hart Dyke
    Constituency abolished
    New constituency Member of Parliament for Medway
    1885 – 1892
    Succeeded by
    Charles Edward Warde
    Peerage of the United Kingdom
    Preceded by
    Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy
    Earl of Cranbrook
    Succeeded by
    Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy
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