Sir George Howland Beaumont of Coleorton, Leicestershire, 7th Baronet of Stoughton Grange

From 1413 until 1948 the Beaumont family been Lords of the Manor at Coleorton and established Coleorton Hall as their base in Leicestershire. They undertook various economic activities locally including mining which at times brought in substantial income. The Beaumonts were not always resident in Coleorton and leased out the Hall and mines for substantial periods.

The family was extensive and the Beaumonts also had a substantial residence in Dunmow, Essex, and elsewhere.

Sir G H Beaumont, seventh baronet

George Howland Beaumont was born at Dunmow, Essex, and baptised there on 17th December 1753. When his father George Beaumont, the 6th Baronet of Stoughton Grange died in 1762 he inherited the Baronety and property including Coleorton at the age of 9. Coleorton Hall and properties were put in the hands of estate managers and the young baronet continued to live in Essex with his wider family.

He was educated at Eton at 18 went up to New College Oxford.He studied drawing and became a pretty good artist and a collector of art.

He married Margaret Willes on 6 May 1778 at Grosvenor Square, London, on 6 May 1778. When they married Sir George and Lady Margaret lived at the Beaumont family home at Dunmow in Essex and they divided their time between Dunmow and London. Margaret inherited No 34 Grosvenor Square in 1785 and they entertained many artists, writers and philosophers there.

He had been an MP for a short time (1790 – 96), but his real love lay in the arts. He was himself a gifted amateur artist and poet and also a patron of the arts. Amongst his friends were William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert and Thomas Southey, David Wilkie, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Sir Walter Scott, John Constable, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Dr Samuel Johnson and Lord Byron. He recognised gifted individuals and supported their work. Dorothy Wordsworth described him and his wife as people whom it does one good to know … and after his death Scott recalled him as by far the most sensible and pleasing man I ever knew, kind too, in his nature, and generous.