Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire  KG, GCMG PC DL JP (16 May 1843 – 13 June 1928), known as the Lord Carrington from 1868 to 1895 and as the Earl Carrington from 1895 to 1912, was a British Liberal politician and aristocrat.

BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Born at Whitehall, London, Lincolnshire was the eldest son of Robert Carrington, 2nd Baron Carrington, by his wife the Hon. Charlotte Augusta Drummond-Willoughby, daughter of Peter Drummond-Burrell, 22nd Baron Willoughby de Eresby and sister of Albyric Drummond-Willoughby, 23rd Baron Willoughby de Eresby. The Hon. Sir William Carrington and Rupert Carrington, 4th Baron Carrington were his younger brothers while Peter Carrington, 6th Baron Carrington is his great-nephew. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. On his mother's death in 1879 he became joint hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England. Born Robert Wynn, he assumed by Royal Licence the surname of Carrington in 1880. In 1896 he assumed by Royal Licence the surname of Wynn-Carrington.

POLITICAL CAREER

Lord Lincolnshire sat in the House of Commons as a Liberal for High Wycombe from 1865 until he succeeded his father in 1868. He served under William Ewart Gladstone as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms from 1881 to 1885 and was sworn of the Privy Council in 1881. He was Governor of New South Wales between 1885 and 1890 and was appointed a GCMG in June 1885. He again held office under Gladstone and later Lord Rosebery as Lord Chamberlain of the Household from 1892 to 1895. The latter year he was created Viscount Wendover, of Chipping Wycombe in the County of Buckingham, and Earl Carrington.

In early 1901 he was appointed by King Edward to lead a special diplomatic mission to announce the King´s accession to the governments of France, Spain, and Portugal.

After the Liberals returned to power in 1905 he served as President of the Board of Agriculture between 1905 and 1911 and as Lord Privy Seal between 1911 and 1912, with a seat in the cabinet in Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and H. H. Asquith's ministries. He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1906 and in 1912 he was further honoured when he was made Marquess of Lincolnshire.

FAMILY

Lord Lincolnshire married the Hon. Cecilia Margaret Harbord, daughter of Charles Harbord, 5th Baron Suffield, in 1878. They had one son and five daughters. His only son, Albert Edward Charles Robert Wynn Carrington, Viscount Wendover (1895–1915), died on 19 May 1915 of complications following the amputation of an arm when he was wounded in the fighting at Ypres during the First World War. Lord Lincolnshire died in June 1928, aged 85, when the marquisate, earldom and viscountcy became extinct. He was succeeded in the baronies of Carrington by his younger brother, Rupert Carington, 4th Baron Carrington. The Marchioness of Lincolnshire died in October 1934, aged 78.

 

FREEMASONRY

He was a freemason. He was initiated to the craft on 28 October 1861 in the Lodge Sir Isaac Newton No. 859 at the age of 18. He was passed inCairo 8 years later and raised in the Royal York Lodge of Perseverance No. 7 on 6 October 1875. On 3 January 1882 he became a member of the Royal Alpha Lodge No. 16. Even though he was not a past Master of a Lodge, he was appointed Senior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England in 1882. When he became Governor of New South Wales, he found a rivalry of Lodges working under the United Grand Lodge of England and the Grand Lodge of Scotland and Lodges working under the 1877 formed Grand Lodge of New South Wales. Trying to unite the Lodges, he became firstly District Grand Master and then Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New South Wales. However, as he was not already a Worshipful Master, he could not become Grand Master. So, he was made Worshipful Master at sight of the Lodge Ionic No. 15. Nine senior Masons were present, including Samuel Way. In 1890 he was appointed Provincial Grand Master of Buckinghamshire and after serving five years, he was made Grand Representative in England of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales.