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Cowley, Baron (UK, 1828)


Creation: let.pat. 21 Jan 1828


Family name: Wellesley




See Earl Cowley



Henry [Wesley later Wellesley], 1st Baron Cowley, GCB PC

7th son of Garret [Wesley], 1st Earl of Mornington, by his wife Hon Anne Hill-Trevor, 1st dau. of Arthur [Hill later Hill-Trevor], 1st Viscount Dungannon


20 Jan 1773

mar. (1)

20 Sep 1803 (div. by Act of Parliament 1810) Lady Charlotte Cadogan (b. 11 Jul 1781; mar. (2) 1810 as his second wife Henry William [Paget], 1st Marquess of Anglesey; d. 8 Jul 1853), 2nd dau. of Charles Sloane [Cadogan], 1st Earl Cadogan, by his second wife Mary Churchill, dau. of Col Charles Churchill

children by first wife

1. Hon Henry Richard Charles Wellesley, later 2nd Baron Cowley later 1st Earl Cowley

2. Capt Hon William Henry George Wellesley RN (b. 2 Feb 1808; d. 21 Dec 1875), mar. 12 Jul 1842 Amelia St John Niblock (d. 3 Oct 1889), dau. of Rev Joseph White Niblock DD, and had issue

3. Very Rev Hon Gerald Wellesley, Dean of Windsor (b. 1809; d. 17 Sep 1882), mar. 16 Sep 1856 Hon Magdalen Montagu VA (d. 30 Sep 1919), 3rd dau. of Henry [Montagu], 6th Baron Rokeby, by his wife Magdalen Croft, widow of Frederick Croft, and 1st dau. of Lt Col Thomas Huxley, and had issue

1. Hon Charlotte Arbuthnot Wellesley (b. 25 Jan 1808; d. 21 Nov 1891), mar. 17 May 1831 Robert [Grosvenor], 1st Baron Ebury, and had issue

mar. (2)

27 Feb 1816 Lady Georgiana Charlotte Augusta Cecil (b. 20 May 1766; dspm. 18 Jan 1860), 1st dau. of James [Cecil], 1st Marquess of Salisbury, by his wife Lady Mary Amelia Hill, 3rd dau. by his first wife of Wills [Hill], 1st Marquess of Downshire

only child by second wife

2. Hon Georgiana Charlotte Mary Wellesley (b. 11 Jun 1817; dsp. 2 Aug 1878), mar. 9 Dec 1848 William Henry Lytton Earle [Bulwer], 1st Baron Dalling and Bulwer of Dalling


27 Apr 1847


21 Jan 1828 Baron Cowley, of Wellesley in the County of Somerset

suc. by

son by first wife


Secretary of Legation at Stockholm 1792; Member of [I] Parliament for Trim 1795 and [UK] for Eye 1807; Private Secretary to his brother the Governor-General of India 1798-1805; Envoy to Lucknow 1801; a Lord of the Treasury 1804; Secretary to the Treasury 1807-09; Privy Councillor 1809; Envoy to the Court of Spain 1810-11 and Ambassador to Madrid 1811-22; Knight of the Bath 1812 (GCB after 1815); Ambassador to Vienna 1823-31 and to Paris 1835 and 1841-46


Henry Richard Charles [Wellesley], 2nd Baron Cowley later 1st Earl Cowley, KG GCB PC


11 Apr 1857 Viscount Dangan, of Dangan in the county of Meath, and Earl Cowley


The Barony of Cowley has been held by the Earls Cowley since 11 Apr 1857.



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