Percy Clinton Sydney Smythe [Lord Strangford]

Life
1780-1855? [6th Earl of Strangford and 1st Baron Penshurst; var. PI, 6th Viscount]; ed. TCD, BA 1801; entered foreign service; Sec. of Legation at Lisbon; made smooth translation of Poems from the Portuguese of Camoens (1803; freq. rep.); taught Prince Regent to sail, prior to his competition for Brazil; drew up controversial report on Portuguese situation for Canning; Ambassador to Stockholm, 1817; Constantinople, 1820; St Petersburg, several months in 1824; hon. D.C.L. of Oxford, 1834; d. 29 May; friend of Moore, Croker, and Rogers; ed. Household Expenses of Princess Elizabeth (Camden Soc.). ODNB DIW PI

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References
D. J. O’Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912); lists George Sydney Smythe, 7th Viscount (1818-1857).

Dictionary of National Biography lists his son, George Augustus Frederick Percy Sydney Smythe (7th Viscount Strangford & 2nd Baron Penshurt, 1818-1857), b. Stockholm, ed. Eton and Cambridge; mbr. of Disraeli’s ‘Young England’ party and the type [i.e., model] of the hero in Coningsby (1844); broke with Disraeli and committed ‘political suicide’; fought the last duel in England, with Col. Frederick Romilly, 1852; contrib. brilliantly to Morning Chronicle, &c. from 1847; also Percy Ellen Frederick William Smythe (8th Viscount and 3rd Baron, 1826-1869), attaché at Constantinople; mastered many Asian languages, wrote for Pall Mall Gazette, and contrib. chapters to his wife Emily Anne, Viscount Strangford’s Eastern Shores of the Adriatic (1863).

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