GARDNER, Lord Herbert Colstoun

1846 - 1921

Herbert Colstoun Gardner was born on 9 June 1846, son of Alan Gardner, 3rd Baron Gardner, by his second wife, the professional actress Juliah Sarah née Fortescue. However, he was born two years before his parents' marriage and was consequently not allowed to succeeded 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 which '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 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 between 1892 and 1895 and held the seat until 1895 being raised to the peerage as 1st Baron Burghclere of Walden in the County of Essex. Lord Burghclere married in 1890, Lady Winifred Anne Henrietta Christiana, daughter of Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon and widow of Captain the Hon. Alfred John George Byng. 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 six watercolours 'View near Dorking', 'Looking Southwards from one of the Surrey Hills', 'Shadows of an Old World', 'Thelnetham, Suffolk' and 'Worlick, near Raney' and exhibited 8 pictures in 1898, 7 in 1899 and in 1900 exhibited from 102 London Road, Ipswich 'A Sunny Pool' and 'An Autumn Day'. An Ecclesiastical Commissioner from 1903 to 1921 and chairman of Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Gardner was also an author of several novels, and of the comedies 'Time will tell', 'Our Bitterest Foe', 'After Dinner' and 'Cousin Zacchary'. He published a translation of Virgil's Georgics in 1904. Lord Bughclere died on 6 May 1921, aged 74 when the barony became extinct and Lady Burghclere died in September 1933, aged 69.

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