- George Osborne, 6th Duke of Leeds
The Duke of Leeds
Master of the Horse In office
Monarch George IV
Prime Minister George Canning
The Viscount Goderich
The Duke of Wellington
Preceded by The Duke of Dorset Succeeded by The Earl of Albemarle Personal details Born 21 July 1775
Died 10 July 1838
Nationality British Spouse(s) Lady Charlotte Townshend (1776-1856)
George William Frederick Osborne, 6th Duke of Leeds KG, PC (21 July 1775 – 10 July 1838), styled Earl of Danby until 1789 and Marquess of Carmarthen from 1789 to 1799, was a British peer and politician. He served as Master of the Horse between 1827 and 1830.
Leeds was born in London, the eldest son of Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds and his first wife, Amelia, Baroness Darcy de Knayth, daughter of Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness. Francis Osborne, 1st Baron Godolphin, was his younger brother. His parents divorced in 1779. In January 1784, aged eight, he succeeded as 13th Baron Darcy de Knayth and 10th Baron Conyers on the early death of his mother. In 1799 he also succeeded his father in the dukedom of Leeds.
Leeds was appointed Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1802, a post he held until his death. In May 1827 he entered George Canning's government as Master of the Horse. He continued in this office under Lord Goderich between August 1827 and January 1828 and under the Duke of Wellington between January 1828 and November 1830. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1827 and made a Knight of the Garter the same month.
Leeds married Lady Charlotte Townshend, daughter of George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, on 17 August 1797. They had three children:
- Francis Godolphin Osborne, 7th Duke of Leeds (1798–1859)
- Lady Charlotte Mary Anne Georgiana Osborne (c. 1806–1836), married Sackville Lane-Fox and had issue.
- Lord Conyers George Thomas William Osborne (1812–1831), died young.
Political offices Preceded by
The Duke of Dorset
Master of the Horse
The Earl of Albemarle
Honorary titles Preceded by
The Earl Fauconberg
Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire
Governor of the Isles of Scilly
Peerage of England Preceded by
Duke of Leeds
(descended by acceleration)
Baron Darcy de Knayth and Conyers
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