I have endeavoured to compile a record of the Bingham family, from the earliest known date of its existence down to the present day, in the hope' that it may be of interest to members of all branches of the family. Traces of families are so often lost in oblivion unless recorded, and the longer they are left the more difficult it becomes to collect them. Even portraits painted a few generations ago are not easy of identification, either as to the subjects or as to the painter. In the cases of some portraits repro duced in this book the particulars are, in consequence, lacking. I take this opportunity of expressing my thanks to my aunt, the Hon. Mrs. Spiller, for her kind assistance. To Mr. Bingham of Bingham Castle I am also much indebted. From Laleham the present Earl of Lucan most kindly permitted the reproduction of the portraits of Sir Richard Bingham, as well as that of his grandfather, the Field Marshal. The late Earl of Lucan was very much interested in my endeavours, and of his collection of pictures and miniatures extensive use has been made. His kindness I desire hereto acknowledge. The assistance which I have received from Mr. Barrett has been of great value to me in carrying out my project.