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Portsmouth, Earls Of

PORTSMOUTH, EARLS OF. In 1743 John Wallop (1690- 1762) of Farley Wallop in Hampshire was created earl of Portsmouth. He belonged to an old Hampshire family and had been a lord of the treasury from 1717 to 1720, when he was created Baron Wallop. The earldom has since been held by his descendants, one of whom, Newton Wallop (b. 1856), became the 6th earl in 1891. This earl was a member of parliament from 1880 to 1891 and was under secretary of state for war from 1905 to 1908.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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