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WYNDHAM-QUIN , WINDHAM HENRY , 5th EARL DUNRAVEN and MOUNT-EARL ( 1857 - 1952 ), soldier and politician ;

b. 7 Feb. 1857 in London , the elder son of Captain the Hon. W.H. Wyndham-Quin (the second son of the Earl of Dunraven ) and Caroline , dau. of Admiral Sir George Tyler , Cottrell, Glam. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College , Sandhurst . He joined the 16th Lancers in 1878 and, attached to the Inniskillin Dragoons , fought in the war against the Boers in 1881 . In 1886 he attained the rank of captain , and served until 1889 as A.D.C. to the Hon. Robert Bourke , his wife's uncle, at Madras . From 1890 until 1894 he served as an adjutant with the Royal Gloucester Hussars , and was promoted major in the 16th Lancers in 1893 . During the South African War in 1900 , he was mentioned in despatches , and was awarded the Queen's Medal with three clasps and the D.S.O. He became a Companion of the Bath in 1903 and served as lieutenant colonel in the Glamorganshire Imperial Yeomanry .

Wyndham-Quin was elected M.P. (Con.) for South Glamorgan in 1895 when he defeated A.J. Williams , and he continued to represent this division in parliament until 1906 when he lost his seat to William Brace (see above) . As a politician , he was extremely well-mannered and courteous. He served as High Sheriff for county Kilkenny in 1914 and commandant of the Lines of Communication in 1915 . He was also one of the directors of the Great Western Railway Co. In June 1926 he succeeded his cousin Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin (see Supplement below) as Earl of Dunraven . He also became a well-liked and popular character in south Wales . He was a member of the Court of Governors of the National Museum , and was president of the 1940 Bridgend national eisteddfod .

Wyndham-Quin published a number of works including The Yeomanry Cavalry of Gloucester and Monmouth ( 1898 ), Sir Charles Tyler, G.C.B., Admiral of the White ( 1912 ), The Foxhound in county Limerick ( 1919 ) and A history of Dunraven Castle ( 1926 ).

He m. 7 July 1885 Lady Eva Constance Aline Bourke , dau. of the 6th Earl of Mayo . She d. 19 Jan. 1940 . They had two sons and a daughter. He spent his last years at his home Adare Manor , Limerick . He d. 23 Oct. 1952 at his home in Limerick aged 95. His heir was his elder son Richard Southwell Windham Robert , Viscount Adare ( 1887 - 1965 ).


  • Who was who? ;
  • Who's who in Wales (1921, 1933 and 1937) ;
  • Dod's Parliamentary Companion ;
  • The Complete Peerage (1910–40) ;
  • Burke's … Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage ;
  • The Times , 24 Oct. 1952 ;
  • Western Mail , 14 Aug. 1895 .


Dr John Graham Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001