George Horatio Cholmondeley 2nd Marquess of Cholmondeley PC 1792 – 1870, styled Viscount Malpas from 1792 to 1815 and subsequently Earl of Rocksavage to 1827 was a British peer and Lord Great Chamberlain of England between 1838 and 1870. Before being called to the House of Lords, he was a Tory Member of Parliament from 1817 through 1821,
Cholmondeley was the son in law of Henry Charles Somerset 6th Duke of Beaufort, whose grandson Henry Charles FitzRoy Somerset 8th Duke of Beaufort was an ardent supporter of homeopathy, and a patient of Frederick Hervey Foster Quin,
Cholmondeley was a direct descendant of Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. He was the eldest son of George James Cholmondeley, who had been created the first Marquess of Cholmondeley in 1815. His mother was the former Lady Georgiana Charlotte Bertie, second daughter and co-heir of Peregrine Bertie 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven. Like his father and his younger brother, Lord George was educated at Eton.
Cholmondeley married Caroline Campbell, second daughter of Sir Colin Campbell in 1812. She died in 1815. After his first wife’s death, he married Lady Susan Somerset, fourth daughter of Henry Charles Somerset, 6th Duke of Beaufort, in 1830. Both unions were childless. The Dowager Marchioness Susan survived her husband for 16 years; and she died in 1886.
In 1817, Cholmondeley was elected to the House of Commons for Castle Rising, a seat he held until 1821, when he was called to the House of Lords through a writ of acceleration in his father’s junior title of Baron Newburgh.
In 1830, Cholmondeley was admitted to the Privy Council. In addition, he held the office of Constable of Castle Rising between 1858 and 1870. The family seats are Houghton Hall, Norfolk, and Cholmondeley Castle, near Malpas, Cheshire.
Cholmondeley died in May 1870, aged 78, and was succeeded in his land, estates and titles by his younger brother William.
One moiety part of the ancient office of Lord Great Chamberlain is a Colmondeley inheritance. This hereditary honour came into the Cholmondeley family through the marriage of the first Marquess of Cholmondeley to Lady Georgiana Charlotte Bertie, daughter of Peregrine Bertie 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven. The second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holders of the marquesate have all held this office.
In 1851, H Cholmondeley attended the Annual Festival in aid of the funds of the Charity in 1851 and in 1868 at the Riding School of the Calvary Barracks in Kensington,
The Annual Festival in aid of the funds of the Charity, and in commemoration of the opening of the London Homeopathic Hospital established in London, will be held at the Albion Tavern, Aldersgate street, on Thursday, the 10th of April 1851, the anniversary of the birth of Samuel Hahnemann:
Henry Charles FitzRoy Somerset 8th Duke of Beaufort in the chair.
STEWARDS: Henry William Paget Marquess of Anglesey, George Stanhope 6th Earl of Chesterfield, Arthur Algernon Capell 6th Earl of Essex, John Robert Townshend 1st Earl Sydney, John Gray 15th Lord Gray, Arthur de Vere Capell Viscount Malden, Francis Arthur Gordon, Lord Clarence Paget, Lord Alfred Paget, Culling Charles Smith, Marmaduke Blake Sampson, Frederick Hervey Foster Quin, Nathaniel Barton, J. Askew, Henry Banister, Henry Bateman 1806-1880, Capt. Branford, F Blake, Hugh Cameron, Captain Chapman, H Cholmondeley, John Burgh Crampern, Edward Cromwell Disbrowe, W. Dutton, Edward Esdaile, W. M. Fache, Fr. Fuller, H Goez, John Gosnell, George Hallett, Edward Hamilton, J Huggins, P Hughes, John Peake Knight, Joseph Kidd, Thomas Robinson Leadam, Thomas Mackern, Victor Massol, J Mayne, Jas Bell Metcalfe, C T P Metcalfe, Samuel Thomas Partridge, T Piper, W Piper, R Pope, Henry Reynolds, Albert Robinson, Henry Rosher, C J Sanders, W Scorer, Rittson Southall, T Spicer, J Smith, Charles Snewin, Charles Trueman, Thomas Uwins, W. Watkins, J Wisewould, David William Witton, Stephen Yeldham, J G Young,
The responsibility of Stewards is limited to the dinner ticket, 21s., and gentlemen who will kindly undertake the office are respectfully requested to forward their names to any of the Stewards; or to the Hon. Secretary at the Hospital. 32. Golden-square. Ralph Buchan, Hon. Sec.
Henry Charles FitzRoy Somerset was the President of the British Homeopathic Association, and the Vice Patron of the London Homeopathic Hospital, and he was a Steward at The Annual Festival in aid of the funds of the London Homeopathic Hospital in 1851,
Melanie Hahnemann was a close friend of the Princess de Salm Dyke, who in 1808 together with the Countess of Beaufort (Henry Charles FitzRoy Somerset’s mother) and Sophie de Senneterre Renneville, published a journal Athene des Dames as a forum for discussion for women.