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Brownlow, Earl (UK, 1815 - 1921)


Creation: let.pat. 17 Nov 1815


Extinct: 17 Mar 1921


Family name: Cust




Arms of John ,1st Earl Brownlow - Stained glass, St Peter and St Paul Church, Belton, Lincolnshire



See Baron Brownlow



John [Cust], 2nd Baron Brownlow later 1st Earl Brownlow, GCH

1st son and heir of Brownlow [Cust], 1st Baron Brownlow, by his second wife Frances Bankes, only child of Alderman Sir Henry Bankes, of Wimbledon, co. Surrey


19 Aug 1779

mar. (1)

24 Jul 1810 Sophia Hume (b. 31 Jul 1788; d. 21 Feb 1814), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Abraham Hume, 2nd Bt., of Wormleybury, co. Hertford, by his wife Amelia Egerton, sister and hrss. of Francis Henry [Egerton], 8th Earl of Bridgewater, and only dau. of Rt Rev John Egerton DD, Bishop of Durham

children by first wife

1. Hon John Hume Cust later Home-Cust later Egerton, styled Viscount Alford, Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Bedfordshire 1835-51 (b. 15 Oct 1812; dvp. 3 Jan 1851), mar. 10 Feb 1841 Lady Marianne Margaret Compton (b. 21 Jun 1817; d. 9 Feb 1888), 1st dau. of Spencer Joshua Alwyne [Compton], 2nd Marquess of Northampton, by his wife Margaret Douglas-Maclean-Clephane, 1st dau. and heir of line of William Douglas-Maclean-Clephane, of Torloisk, and had issue:

1a. Hon John William Spencer Brownlow Home-Cust later Egerton later Egerton-Cust, later 2nd Earl Brownlow

2a. Hon Adelbert Wellington Brownlow Home-Cust, later 3rd Earl Brownlow

2. Capt Hon Charles Henry Cust, Member of Parliament for North Shropshire (b. 27 Sep 1813; d. 23 May 1875), mar. 8 Sep 1842 Caroline Sophia Macdonald (d. 16 Oct 1887), 1st dau. of Reginald George Macdonald, 19th Chief of Clanranald, by his wife Lady Caroline Edgcumbe, 2nd dau. of Richard [Edgcumbe], 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, and had issue:

1a. Alice Marian Cust later Porcelli-Cust (b. 1 Dec 1845; d. 23 Oct 1919), mar. 9 Sep 1876 her cousin Lt Col Allan Roger Charles Porcelli later Porcelli-Cust, and had issue

1. Lady Sophia Frances Cust (b. 14 Apr 1811; d. 21 Dec 1882), mar. 10 Feb 1836 Lt Col Christopher Tower DL JP, of Huntsmoor Park and Delaford Park, Iver, co. Buckingham (b. 2 May 1804; d. 3 Mar 1884), 1st son and heir of Christopher Thomas Tower DL JP, of Weald Hall, Brentwood, co. Essex, Member of Parliament for Harwich 1832-37, by his wife Harriet Proctor, 2nd dau. of Sir Thomas Beauchamp Proctor, 2nd Bt., and had issue

mar. (2)

22 Sep 1818 Caroline Fludyer (b. 5 Jun 1794; dspm. 4 Jul 1824), 2nd dau. of George Fludyer (2nd son of Sir Samuel Fludyer, 1st Bt., Lord Mayor of London) by his wife Lady Mary Fane, 3rd dau. by his second wife of John [Fane], 9th Earl of Westmorland

mar. (3)

17 Jul 1828 Lady Emma Sophia Edgcumbe, a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Adelaide 1830-49 (b. 28 Jul 1791; dsp. 28 Jan 1872), 1st dau. of Richard [Edgcumbe], 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, by his wife Lady Sophia Hobart, 3rd dau. and cohrss. by his first wife of John [Hobart], 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire


15 Sep 1853


17 Nov 1815 Viscount Alford, of Alford in the County of Lincoln, and Earl Brownlow

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Tory) for Clitheroe 1802-07; suc. his father 25 Dec 1807 as 2nd Baron Brownlow; Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire 1809-52; Recorder of Boston 1820; GCH 1834


John William Spencer Brownlow [Home-Cust later Egerton later Egerton-Cust], 2nd Earl Brownlow


28 Mar 1842


20 Feb 1867

suc. by



Adelbert Wellington Brownlow [Home-Cust], 3rd Earl Brownlow, GCVO PC


19 Aug 1844


22 Jun 1868 Lady Adelaide Chetwynd-Talbot (b. 8 Jul 1844; dsp. 16 Mar 1917), 4th dau. of Henry John [Chetwynd-Talbot], 18th Earl of Shrewsbury, by his wife Lady Sarah Elizabeth Beresford, only surv. dau. of Henry [Beresford], 2nd Marquess of Waterford


s.p. 17 Mar 1921


Member of Parliament (Conservative) for North Shropshire 1866-67; Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire 1867 ; Ecclesiastical Commissioner 1872-1921; Parliamentary Secretary to Local Government Board 1885-86; Privy Councillor 1887; Paymaster General 1887-89; Under Secretary of State for War 1889-92; Volunteer ADC to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and King George VI 1897-1921; GCVO 1921


On the death of the 3rd Earl Brownlow the Earldom of Brownlow and the Viscountcy of Alford became extinct and the Barony of Brownlow passed to his second cousin, Adelbert Salusbury Cockayne Cust.




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