George Pitt-Rivers, 4th Baron Rivers

1810 - 1866

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for the Eaton estate in Hanover and the Shrewsbury estate in Westmoreland Jamaica.

  1. Lord Rivers or George Pitt-Rivers (né George Beckford), b. 1810, son of Horace William Beckford 3rd Lord Rivers (1777-1831, son of Peter Beckford and Hon. Louisa Pitt), m. Susan Georgiana Leveson-Gower, daughter of Earl Granville.

  2. Will of George Pitt Rivers Baron Rivers of Sudeley Castle late of Rushmore Lodge Wiltshire who died 28/04/1866 at 15 Portman Square, effects under £90,000.  

  3. The Pitt Rivers Museum was founded by the University of Oxford in 1884 to house a collection given to it by General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers. The vast majority of this collection was acquired before 1880 when Augustus Henry Lane Fox inherited the Rivers estates from the 6th Baron Rivers, the brother of the 4th Baron (and took the name Pitt-Rivers). From 1880, General Pitt-Rivers acquired a second, separate collection, which was housed in a private museum in Farnham, Dorset, and is now dispersed.


Hanover no. 219, T71/915 p 157 Rt Hon Lord Rivers, Great Britain Owner; T71/871 Westmoreland no. 29.

  1. Debrett's 1840; Boyle's 1836 (p 564) Eltham Lodge, Kent and 'Rushmore, Dorset' ('family name Pitt').

  2. National Probate Calendar 1866.

  3. 'Rethinking Pitt-Rivers: analyzing the activities of a nineteenth-century collector' at [accessed 17/04/2013].

We are grateful to Jeremy Coote for his assistance in compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Lord Rivers
Lady Susan Georgiana Leveson-Gower
8 daughters; 4 sons
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (2)

£4,007 8s 8d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£5,454 17s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (3)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1831 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - 1837 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (2)

Grandson → Grandfather
Son → Father

Addresses (2)

Eltham Lodge, Eltham, Kent, London, England
Rushmore Lodge, Cranborne Chase, Cranborne, Wiltshire, South-west England, England