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Charles Stanhope, third Earl Stanhope (1753–1816) by John Opie, exh. RA 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Stanhope, Charles, third Earl Stanhope (1753–1816), politician and inventor, was born in London on 3 August 1753. He was the second, but only surviving, son of Philip Stanhope, second Earl Stanhope (1714–1786), and his wife, Grizel Hamilton (1719–1811). His father, the son of the general and whig politician ...