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Cleveland, Earl of (E, 1626 - 1667)


Creation: let.pat. 5 Feb 1625/6


Extinct: 25 Mar 1667


Family name: Wentworth




See Baron Wentworth



Thomas [Wentworth], 4th Baron Wentworth and de jure 9th Baron le Despencer later 1st Earl of Cleveland

1st son and heir of Henry [Wentworth], 3rd Baron Wentworth and de jure 8th Baron le Despencer, by his wife Anne Hopton, dau. of Sir Owen Hopton, Lieutenant of the Tower of London



mar. (1)

bef. 1612 Anne Crofts (d. 16 Jan 1637/8), dau. of Sir John Crofts, of Little Saxham, co. Suffolk, by his wife Mary Shirley, dau. of Sir Thomas Shirley, of Wiston, co. Sussex

children by first wife

1. Hon Thomas Wentworth, sum. to Parliament v.p. as 5th Baron Wentworth 3 Nov 1640

1. Lady Anne Wentworth, later suo jure Baroness Wentworth

mar. (2)

bef. 25 Oct 1638 Lucy Wentworth (dspm. 23 Nov 1651), 2nd surv. dau. and cohrss. of Sir John Wentworth, 1st Bt., of Gosfield, co. Essex, by his wife Lady Catherine Finch, dau. of Sir Moyle Finch, 1st Bt., by his wife Elizabeth Heneage, suo jure Countess of Winchilsea

only child by second wife

2. Lady Catherine Wentworth (b. c. 1639; bur. sp. 21 May 1670), mar. 25 Jul 1661 William Spencer, of Cople, co. Bedford


s.p.m.s. 25 Mar 1667


5 Feb 1625/6 Earl of Cleveland


suc. his father as 4th Baron Wentworth 16 Aug 1593; Knight of the Bath at the creation of Henry, Prince of Wales 1610; inherited the estate of Toddington 1614; Joint Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire 1625-39 and 1660-67 and sole Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire 1639-42; Captain of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners 1642-43/4 and 1660-67; supported the King in the Civil War, commanding a Brigade of Cavalry; captured at the Second Battle of Newbury 1644 and imprisoned in the Tower of London until 1648, when he escaped overseas to join Charles II; accompanied the King to Scotland 1650 but was captured after the Battle of Worcester 1651 and imprisoned in the Tower of London again until 1658; Col of a Regiment of Horse 1662


As his only son had predeceased him in 1665, on the death of the 1st Earl of Cleveland two years later in 1667 the Earldom of Cleveland became extinct and the Barony of Wentworth (cr. by writ 1529) and the representation to the Barony of Le Despencer (cr. by writ 1387) passed to his grand-daughter, Hon Henrietta Maria Wentworth, and after her death in 1686 to his sole surviving daughter, Lady Anne Wentworth


 First written 5 Mar 2003



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