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Coningsby, Earl of (GB, 1719 - 1761)


Creation: let.pat. 30 Apr 1719


Extinct: 12 Jun 1761


Family name: Coningsby




Gules three Conies sejant Argent


Out of a Ducal Coronet Or a Plume of Ostrich Feathers thereon a Cony sejant all Argent


On either side a Lion Gules charged on the shoulder with three Billets and ducally crowned Or


 Vestigia nulla retrorsum;  Justi terram incolant


Note: Viscountess Coningsby bore as her sinister supporter between 1717 and 1729 a Griffin Erminois with wings elevated upwards



Thomas [Coningsby], 1st Baron Coningsby later 1st Earl of Coningsby, PC

only son and heir of Humphrey Coningsby, of Hampton Court, co. Hereford, by his wife Lettice Loftus, sister and cohrss. in her issue of Adam [Loftus], 1st Viscount Lisburne, and dau. of Sir Adam Loftus



mar. (1)

after 18 Feb 1674/5 (dissolved by Act of Parliament) Barbara Gorges (b. c. 1657; d. after 1715), dau. of Ferdinando Gorges, of Eye, co. Hereford, and of St Bartholomew by the Exchange, London, a merchant

children by first wife

1. Hon Thomas Coningsby, disinherited by his father (dvp. bef. Jul 1717), mar. ..... Carr, dau. of John Carr, of Etal, co. Northumberland, and had issue:

1a. Thomas Coningsby (d. bef. 1 May 1729)

2a. Richard [Coningsby], 2nd Baron Coningsby, allowed £600 a year by his aunt, Margaret, Countess of Coningsby, provided he made no claim to the family estates (dsp. 18 Dec 1729), mar. Judith Lawley (b. c. 1714; mar. (2) Joseph Butler, of the Temple, London, a barrister (d. 3 Sep 1737); d. 23 Apr 1752), yst. dau. of Sir Thomas Lawley, 3rd Bt., by his second wife Elizabeth Perkins

1. Lady Meliora Coningsby (d. 22 Oct 1735), mar. Apr 1696 Thomas [Southwell], 1st Baron Southwell, and had issue

2. Lady Barbara Coningsby, mar. George Eyre, of Eyre Court, co. Galway, and had issue

3. Lady Lettice Coningsby, mar. Henry Denny, of Tralee, co. Kerry

4. Lady Mary Coningsby, mar. Rev ..... Hathway

mar. (2)

c. 23 Apr 1698 Lady Frances Jones (b. 1674; d. 19 Feb 1714/5), 2nd dau. and sole hrss. in her issue of Richard [Jones], 1st Earl of Ranelagh, by his first wife Hon Frances Willoughby, 2nd dau. and sole hrss. in her issue of Francis [Willoughby], 5th Baron Willoughby of Parham

children by sec nd wife

5. Lady Margaret Coningsby, later suo jure Viscountess Coningsby later suo jure Countess of Coningsby

6. Lady Frances Coningsby, inherited Hampton Court and the Coningsby estate from her sister, mar. 1732 Sir Charles Hanbury-Williams KB MP, of Coldbrook Park, co. Monmouth, and had issue


1 May 1729


7 Apr 1692 Baron Coningsby, of Clanbrassil in the County of Armagh (Peerage of Ireland)

18 Jun 1716 Baron Coningsby, of Coningsby in the County of Lincoln, with special remainder to the heirs male of his body by any wife he might thereafter marry

30 Apr 1719 Earl of Coningsby, of Coningsby in the County of Lincoln, with a similar special remainder, failing which to his elder daughter, the Viscountess Coningsby

suc. by

grandson in the Barony of Coningsby (cr. 1692) and daughter in the Earldom of Coningsby


Member of Parliament (Whig) for Leominster 1679-81, 1685-87, 1689-1710 and 1715-16; Commissioner of Appeals in the Irish Excise 1689-90; Joint Paymaster General of the Irish Forces 1690-98; took part in the Battle of the Boyne 1690 and the Battle of Aughrim 1691; a Lord Justice of Ireland; Vice-Treasurer of Ireland 1692-1710; Privy Councillor [I] 1692/3 and [E] 1693; High Steward of Hereford 1695-1729; Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Herefordshire and Radnorshire 1714-21; on his death the Barony of Coningsby (cr. 1716) became extinct


Lady Margaret Coningsby later Newton, suo jure Viscountess Coningsby later suo jure Countess of Coningsby


c. 1709


14 Apr 1730 Sir Michael Newton, 4th Bt. KB, of Barr's Court, co. Gloucester, and of Culverthorpe in Haydor, co. Lincoln (dsps. 6 Apr 1743)

only child

1. Hon John Newton, styled Viscount Coningsby (b. 16 Oct 1732; dvm. 4 Jan 1732/3)


s.p.s. 12 Jun 1761


v.p. 26 Jan 1716/7 Baroness Hampton Court, of Hampton Court in the County of Hereford, and Viscountess Coningsby, of Hampton Court in the County of Hereford, with remainder to the heirs male of her body



On the death of the Countess of Coningsby the Earldom of Coningsby became extinct.


 First written 15 Nov 2005



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