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Thomas Dundas, 2nd Earl of Zetland

Thomas Dundas, 2nd Earl of Zetland as Grand Master, from Vanity Fair, 1869.

Thomas Dundas, 2nd Earl of Zetland, KG KT (5 February 1795 – 6 May 1873) was a British nobleman and politician.

Born in Marylebone, London, he was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] In 1818 he was elected Whig Member of Parliament for his father and grandfather's old seat of Richmond, becoming representative for York twelve years later. In 1835 he returned to Parliament as member for Richmond, and four years later succeeded his father as second Earl of Zetland.

Like his father a prominent freemason, Lord Zetland was the United Grand Lodge of England's Grand Master from 1844 to 1870. Zetland was a senior member of the Jockey Club and won the Epsom Derby and St Leger Stakes with his horse Voltigeur in 1850.[2]

In the year of his succession to the earldom he was appointed Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of the North Riding of Yorkshire, and in 1861 became a Knight of the Thistle. He resigned the Order on being made a Knight of the Garter in 1872, and died the following year at Aske Hall, Yorkshire.

He married, 6 September 1823, Sophia Jane, daughter of Sir Hedworth Williamson, Bt.


  1. ^ "Dundas, the Hon. Thomas (DNDS812T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1999). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane’s.  
  • Lodge, Edmund, Norroy King of Arms, The Peerage of the British Empire, London, 1858, p. 607.
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Zetland
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dudley North
Robert Chaloner
Member of Parliament for Richmond
with Viscount Maitland 1818–1820
Samuel Barrett Moulton Barrett 1820–1828
Hon. Sir Robert Dundas 1828–1830

Succeeded by
Hon. John Dundas
Hon. Sir Robert Dundas
Preceded by
James Wilson
Marmaduke Wyvill
Member of Parliament for York
with Samuel Adlam Bayntun
Succeeded by
Hon. Edward Petre
Samuel Adlam Bayntun
Preceded by
Hon. John Dundas
Hon. Sir Robert Dundas
Member of Parliament for Richmond
with Alexander Speirs

Succeeded by
Alexander Speirs
Hon. Sir Robert Dundas
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Leeds
Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Ripon
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Sussex
Grand Master of the
United Grand Lodge
of England

Succeeded by
The Earl de Grey
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lawrence Dundas
Earl of Zetland
Succeeded by
Lawrence Dundas
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