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Ancaster and Kesteven, Duke of (GB, 1715 - 1809)


Creation: let. pat. 26 Jul 1715


Extinct: 8 Feb 1809


Family name: Bertie




See Earl of Lindsey



Robert [Bertie], 16th Baron Willoughby de Eresby later 4th Earl of Lindsey later 1st Marquess of Lindsey later 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, PC

son of Robert [Bertie], 3rd Earl of Lindsey, by his second wife Hon Elizabeth Wharton, only child of Philip [Wharton], 4th Baron Wharton


20 Oct 1660

mar. (1)

30 Jul 1678 Mary Wynn (d. 20 Sep 1689), dau. and sole hrss. of Sir Richard Wynn, 4th. Bt., of Gwydyr, co. Caernarvon, by his wife Sarah Myddelton, dau. of Sir Thomas Myddelton, of Chirk Castle, co. Denbigh

children by first wife

1. Lord Peregrine Bertie, later 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven

mar. (2)

6 Jul 1705 Albinia Farrington (mar. (2) James Douglas;  d. 29 Jul 1745), dau. of Maj Gen William Farrington, of Chislehurst, co. Kent, by his wife Theodosia Betenson, sister and cohrss. of Sir Edward Betenson, 1st Bt., and dau. of Richard Betenson, of Scadbury in Chislehurst, co. Kent

children by second wife

2. Lord Vere Bertie, Member of Parliament for Boston (d. 13 Sep 1768), mar. 1736 Ann Casey, illegit. dau. of Sir Cecil Wray, 11th Bt., and had issue:

1a. Albinia Bertie (b. c. 1738; d. 11 Mar 1816), mar. 16 May 1757 George [Hobart], 3rd Earl of Buckinghamshire, and had issue

2a. Louisa Bertie, mar. 19 Apr 1778 Lt Gen Hon Sir Charles Stuart KB, Governor of Minorca (b. Jan 1753; d. 25 May 1801), 4th son of John [Stuart], 3rd Earl of Bute, by his wife Mary Wortley-Montagu, suo jure Baroness Mount Stuart, only dau. of Edward Wortley-Montagu, of Wortley, co. York, Ambassador at Constantinople, and had issue

3. Capt Lord Montagu Bertie RN (d. 12 Dec 1753), mar. Anne Piers (d. 1782), dau. of William Piers MP, and had issue:

1a. Augusta Bertie (d. 3 Jan 1766), mar. 26 Mar 1758 as his first wife John [Fane], 9th Earl of Westmorland, and had issue

2a. Frances Bertie (d. unm.)

4. Capt Lord Thomas Bertie RN (b. 24 Jul 1720; d. 29 Jul 1749)

5. Lieut Gen Lord Robert Bertie, Governor of Cork (b. 14 Nov 1721; dsp. 11 Mar 1782), mar. 5 Apr 1762 Hon Mary Raymond (widow of Robert [Raymond], 2nd Baron Raymond), 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Montagu [Blundell], 1st Viscount Blundell, by his wife Mary Chetwynd, dau. of John Chetwynd, of Grendon, co. Warwick

1. Lady Louisa Bertie, mar. 1736 Thomas Bludworth, Gentleman of the Horse to the Prince of Wales and a Groom of the Bedchamber


26 Jul 1723


21 Dec 1706 Marquess of Lindsey

26 Jul 1715 Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, with a special remainder failing the heirs male of his body, to the heirs male of the body of his father, Robert, late Earl of Lindsey, by Elizabeth his wife, dau. of Philip, Lord Wharton

suc. by

son by first wife


sum. to Parliament v.p. 19 Apr 1690 in his father's Barony of Willoughby de Eresby;  suc. his father 8 May 1701 as 4th Earl of Lindsey;  Lord Great Chamberlain of England 1701-23;  Privy Councillor to William III and Queen Anne;  Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire


Peregrine [Bertie], 17th Baron Willoughby de Eresby later 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, PC


29 Apr 1686


Jun 1711 Jane Brownlow (b. 1689; d. 26 Aug 1736), 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Sir John Brownlow, 3rd Bt., of Belton and Humby, co. Lincoln, by his wife and second cousin Alice Sherard, 1st dau. of Richard Sherard, of Lobthorpe, co. Lincoln


1. Lord Peregrine Bertie, later 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven

2. Lord Albemarle Bertie (d. unm.)

3. Lord Brownlow Bertie, later 5th Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven

1. Lady Mary Bertie (d. 23 May 1774), mar. 21 Feb 1748 Samuel Greathead, of Guy's Cliff, co. Warwick, and had issue

2. Lady Albinia Bertie (dsp. 12 Feb 1754), mar. 1744 Francis Beckford, son of Peter Beckford, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Jamaica

3. Lady Jane Bertie (d. 21 Aug 1793), mar. 31 Mar 1743 Gen Edward Mathew, Equerry to the King and Governor of Grenada, and had issue

4. Lady Caroline Bertie (d. 4 Jun 1774), mar. after 12 Jun 1753 George Dewar, of Hurtsbourne Tarrant, co. Hampshire, and had issue


1 Jan 1741/2

suc. by



Vice Chamberlain to Queen Anne 1702;  Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire 1708-14;  sum. to Parliament v.p. 16 Mar 1714/5 in his father's Barony of Willoughby de Eresby;  Lord of the Bedchamber 1719; Privy Councillor 1724; Lord Great Chamberlain of England 1723-42;  Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire 1723;  Lord Warden and Justice in Eyre of the parts North of Trent 1734


Peregrine [Bertie], 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, PC



mar. (1)

22 May 1735 Elizabeth Nicholl (widow of Sir Charles Gunter Nicholl KB;  dsp. Dec 1743), dau. and sole hrss. of William Blundell, of Basingstoke, Hampshire

mar. (2)

27 Nov 1750 Mary Panton (d. Oct 1793), Mistress of the Robes to Queen Charlotte, dau. of Thomas Panton, of Newmarket, co. Cambridge, Master of the King's Running Horses

children by second wife

1. Lord Peregrine Thomas Bertie, styled Marquess of Lindsey (b. 21 May 1755;  dvp. 12 Dec 1758)

2. Lord Robert Bertie, later 4th Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven

1. Lady Priscilla Barbara Elizabeth Bertie, later Baroness Willoughby de Eresby

2. Lady Georgiana Charlotte Bertie (b. 7 Aug 1764;  d. 23 Jun 1838), mar. 25 Apr 1791 George James [Cholmondeley], 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley, and had issue


12 Aug 1778

suc. by

second son by second wife


Privy Councillor;  Lord Great Chamberlain of England 1742-78;  Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire 1742;  Maj General 1755;  Lieut General 1759;  General 1772;  Master of the Horse 1766-78; the 3rd Duke also had two illegitimate children: Admiral Sir Albemarle Bertie, 1st Bt. KCB, and Diana Bertie, the wife of Joseph Cator, of Ross, co. Hereford, and Bromley, co. Kent


Robert [Bertie], 4th Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven


17 Oct 1756


8 Jul 1779

suc. by



Privy Councillor;  Lord Great Chamberlain of England 1778-79;  Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire 1778;  on his death the hereditary office of Lord Great Chamberlain of England and the Barony of Willoughby de Eresby fell into abeyance between his two sisters until 18 Mar 1780, when the abeyance was terminated in favour the eldest coheiress, Lady Priscilla Barbara Elizabeth Burrell, suo jure Baroness Willoughby de Eresby


Brownlow [Bertie], 5th Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven


1 May 1729

mar. (1)

6 Nov 1762 Harriot Pitt (dsp. Apr 1763), only dau. and hrss. of George Morton Pitt, of Twickenham, co. Middlesex, Governor of Fort St George, India

mar. (2)

2 Jan 1769 Mary Anne Layard (d. 13 Jan 1804), yst. dau. of Maj Peter Layard, of Sutton Friars in Canterbury, co. Kent, by his wife Mary Anne, dau. and event. cohrss. of Capt James Croze

only child by second wife

1. Lady Mary Elizabeth Bertie (b. 24 Jul 1771;  d. 10 Feb 1797), mar. 22 May 1793 as his first wife Thomas Charles [Colyear], 4th Earl of Portmore, and had issue


s.p.m. 8 Feb 1809


Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire;  Lord Lieutenant for Lincolnshire 1786


On the death of the 5th Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven the Dukedom of Ancaster and Kesteven and the Marquessate of Lindsey became extinct, and the Earldom of Lindsey passed to his distant cousin, Albemarle [Bertie], 9th Earl of Lindsey.


 Last updated 6 Feb 2007



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