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Chichester, Earl of (E, 1644 - 1667)


Creation: let.pat. 3 Jun 1644


Extinct: 16 May 1667


Family name: Leigh later Wriothesley




Gules a Cross engrailed Argent in the first quarter a Lozenge of the second









Francis [Leigh], 1st Baron Dunsmore later 1st Earl of Chichester, PC

only son and heir of Sir Francis Leigh, of Newnham Regis, co. Warwick, by his wife Hon Mary Egerton, only dau. by his first wife of Thomas [Egerton], 1st Viscount Brackley, Lord Chancellor of England



mar. (1)

31 Jul 1617 Susan Banning, of St Gabriel's, Fenchurch Street, London (widow of ..... Banning; dsp.), dau. and hrss. of Richard Northam

mar. (2)

c. 1617 Hon Audrey Anderson (widow of Sir Francis Anderson; d. 16 Sep 1652), sister and cohrss. of William [Boteler], 2nd Baron Boteler of Brantfield, and 1st dau. of John [Boteler], 1st Baron Boteler of Brantfield, by his wife Elizabeth Villiers, half-sister of George [Villiers], 1st Duke of Buckingham, and 1st dau. by his first wife of Sir George Villiers, of Brokesby, co. Leicester

children by second wife

1. Lady Elizabeth Leigh (dspms. aft. 14 Jun 1654), mar. c. 24 Apr 1642 as his second wife Thomas [Wriothesley], 4th Earl of Southampton, and had issue

2. Lady Mary Leigh (d. 7 Jul 1671; bur. at Brantfield, co. Herford), mar. bef. 1652 as his first wife her first cousin once removed George [Villiers], 4th Viscount Grandison, and had issue


s.p.m. 21 Dec 1653


24 Dec 1618 a Baronet of England, styled "of Newnham in the County of Warwick"

31 Jul 1628 Baron Dunsmore, of Dunsmore in the County of Warwick, with remainder, failing the heirs male of his body, to "John Anderson, of Hardwick, co. Huntingdon, grandson and heir male of Sir Edmund Anderson, late Chief Justice of the Common Bench, and eldest son of Audrey (now wife of Francis Leigh and formerly wife of Sir Francis Anderson), and to the heirs male of his body"

3 Jun 1644 Earl of Chichester, for life "with remainder to Thomas, Earl of Southampton and the heirs male of his body by Elizabeth, daughter the said Francis, and remainder to the heirs male of the body of the said Elizabeth"

suc. by



knighted 1612/13; Member of Parliament for Warwick 1625-26; Privy Councillor 1641; Col of a Regiment of Horse 1643; Captain of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners 1644-46


On the death of the 1st Earl of Chichester the Barony of Dunsmore became extinct, the remainder clause in the letters patent creating that title being inoperative due to the death of Sir John Anderson in 1630 . The Earldom of Chichester passed to his son-in-law the 4th Earl of Southampton, but it itself became extinct in 1667 on his death without surviving male issue by his second wife, Lady Elizabeth Leigh. The Baronetcy of Leigh of Newnham also became extinct on Lord Chichester's death.


 First written 3 Mar 2003



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