Henry Brand, 2nd Viscount Hampden

Henry Robert Brand, 2nd Viscount Hampden, GCMG (2 May 1841 – 22 November 1906) was Governor of New South Wales from 1895 to 1899.[1]

The Viscount Hampden

Engraved portrait of Brand drawn by Percy F. Spence
19th Governor of New South Wales
In office
21 November 1895  5 March 1899
Preceded bySir Robert Duff
Succeeded byThe Earl Beauchamp
Personal details
Born2 May 1841
Devonport, Devon
Died22 November 1906(1906-11-22) (aged 65)


Hampden was the son of Henry Brand, 1st Viscount Hampden. He succeeded his father as second Viscount and twenty-fourth Baron Dacre on 14 March 1892.


Hampden was Member of Parliament (MP) for Hertfordshire 1868–1873 and for Stroud 1880–1886. He stood unsuccessfully as the Liberal Unionist candidate for Cardiff in 1886.

He arrived in Sydney, Australia on 21 November 1895, and served an uneventful term as Governor of New South Wales. He resigned his post before the conclusion of his intended term effective from 1 March 1899, citing private interests.[2] He left Sydney by train on 5 March 1899, joining the steamer Oruba in Melbourne the following day.[3] He was the penultimate Governor of New South Wales before the Federation of Australia.


Lord Hampden married firstly on 21 January 1864 Victoria Alexandrina Leopoldine Van de Weyer, daughter of the Belgian ambassador Sylvain Van de Weyer, but she died the following year on 20 July 1865. Lord Hampden married secondly Susan Henrietta Cavendish (1846–1909), daughter of Lord George Cavendish and Louisa Lascelles, on 14 April 1868. They had the following children:

  • Thomas Brand, 3rd Viscount Hampden (1869–1958) married Katharine Mary Montagu-Douglas-Scott (1875–1951), daughter of William Henry Walter Montagu-Douglas-Scott and Louisa Jane Hamilton, on 29 April 1899; they had eight children.
  • Sir Hubert George Brand (1870–1955) married Norah Conyngham Greene (d. 1924), daughter of Sir William Conyngham Greene and Lady Lily Stopford on 28 January 1914; they had two daughters: Elizabeth Norah Brand (b. 1915) and Mary Kathleen Brand (b. 1921).
  • Richard Brand (1871–1880) died at age eight.
  • Margaret Brand (1873–1948) married Algernon Francis Holford Ferguson (1867–1943) on 21 April 1897 at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney; had five children: Victor John Ferguson (b. 1898), Andrew Henry Ferguson (b. 1899), George Algernon Holford Ferguson (b. 1905), Margaret Susan Ferguson (b. 1906), and Jane Charlotte Ferguson (b. 1912). Through her son Andrew, she is the great-grandmother of Sarah Ferguson.
  • Alice Brand (1877–1945)
  • Dorothy Louisa Brand (1878–1958) married Percy Henry Guy Feilden (1870–1944) on 11 November 1902; they had three children: Randle Guy Feilden (b. 1904), Cecil Henry Feilden (b. 1907) and Dorothy Priscilla Feilden (b. 1909).
  • Robert Henry Brand, 1st Baron Brand married Phyllis Langhorne (d. 20 January 1937) on 9 June 1917; they had three children: Virginia Brand (b. 1918), Dinah Brand (b. 1920), and Robert James Brand (b. 1923).
  • Roger Brand (1880–1945) married Muriel Hectorina Lilian Montgomery (d. 1988) on 21 November 1913; they had one child: Patricia Helen Winifred Brand (b. 1926).
  • Geoffrey Brand (1885–1899) died at age 13.


Hampden Bridge in Kangaroo Valley, NSW is named for him. He died in London in 1906.


  1. Clune, David; Turner, Ken, eds. (2009). The Governors of New South Wales 1788-2010. The Federation Press. pp. 372–380. ISBN 978-1-86287-743-6.
  2. "THE GOVERNOR. LORD HAMPDEN RELINQUISHES OFFICE". The Sydney Morning Herald (18, 936). New South Wales, Australia. 22 November 1898. p. 5 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "DEPARTURE OF LORD AND VISCOUNTESS HAMPDEN. THE CITIZENS' FAREWELL". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 March 1899. p. 5.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Surtees
Henry Cowper
Abel Smith, junior
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
With: Henry Cowper
Abel Smith, junior
Succeeded by
Frederick Halsey
Henry Cowper
Abel Smith, junior
Preceded by
John Dorington
Alfred John Stanton
Member of Parliament for Stroud
July 18741875
With: Alfred John Stanton
Succeeded by
Samuel Marling
Alfred John Stanton
Preceded by
Alfred John Stanton
Samuel Marling
Member of Parliament for Stroud
With: Walter John Stanton 1880–1885
Succeeded by
George Holloway
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Duff
Governor of New South Wales
Succeeded by
The Earl Beauchamp
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Miller Adye
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Guy Dawnay
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Brand
Viscount Hampden
2nd creation
Succeeded by
Thomas Brand
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