Selected by the Duke of Omnium as a husband for his daughter Lady Mary, but with no success.
"Lord Popplecourt was a man in possession of a large estate which was unencumbered. His rank in the peerage was not high; but his barony was of an old date.... He had good looks of that sort which recommend themselves to pastors and masters, to elders and betters.... He looked as though he were steady. He was not impatient nor rollicking.... Lord Silverbridge
had declared him to be a fool. No one thought him to be bright" - The Duke's Children.