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The second son of the Revd Henry Hardinge (1754û1820), rector of Stanhope, co. Durham, and his wife, Frances, daughter of James Best of Wrotham, Kent. He was the grandson of Nicholas Hardinge and elder brother of Henry Hardinge, first Viscount Hardinge of Lahore. He was early adopted by his uncle, George Hardinge (see DCHQ200592), attorney-general to the Queen. (Taken from http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/12270).
This branch of the Hardinge's were descended from Gideon (1669-1712), Vicar of Kingston from 1692 who was the son of Sir Robert Hardinge of Kings Newton, Melbourne, Derbyshire. (Taken from http://www.twickenham-museum.org.uk/detail.asp?ContentID=422)
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.