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Lichfield, Earl of (E, 1674 - 1776)


Creation: let.pat. 5 Jun 1674


Extinct: 3 Nov 1776


Family name: Lee




The arms of George Henry [Lee], 2nd Earl of Lichfield, impaling those of his wife, Frances Hales

Wall mounted brass memorial plate - Spelsbury Church, Oxfordshire



Argent a Fess between three Crescents Sable


Out of a Marquess's Coronet Or a Demi Stone Column Argent on its capital an Eagle's Leg erased at the thigh preyed on by a Falcon all proper


On either side a Lion guardant Ermine collared with a Plain Collar Argent charged with three Crescents Sable


 Fide et Constantia



Edward Henry [Lee], 1st Earl of Lichfield

son and heir of Sir Francis Henry Lee, 4th Bt., of Quarendon, co. Buckingham, and of Ditchley, co. Oxford, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Pope, only dau. and hrss. of Thomas [Pope], 2nd Earl of Downe


4 Feb 1662/3


6 Feb 1676/7 Lady Charlotte Palmer later FitzRoy (b. 5 Sep 1664; d. 17 Feb 1717/8; bur. at Spelsbury, co. Oxford), 2nd illegitimate dau. of King Charles II by his mistress Lady Barbara Villiers later Palmer, suo jure Duchess of Cleveland


1. Hon Charles Lee, styled Viscount Quarendon (b. 6 May 1680; bur. vp. 13 Oct 1680; bur. in the vault of the St John family at Battersea, co. Surrey)

2. Col Hon Edward Henry Lee, styled Viscount Quarendon, Col of the Royal Regiment of Guards (b. 6 Jun 1681; dvp. 21 Oct 1713; bur. at Spelsbury, co. Oxford)

3. Capt Hon James Lee RN (dsp. 1711), mar. Sarah Bagshaw, dau. of John Bagshaw

4. Hon Charles Lee (d. 1708)

5. Hon George Henry Lee, later 2nd Earl of Lichfield

6. Vice Admiral Hon FitzRoy Henry Lee RN (dsp. 1720)

7. Hon Robert Lee, later 4th Earl of Lichfield

1. Lady Charlotte Lee (b. 13 Mar 1678; d. 22 Jan 1720/1), mar. (1) 2 Jan 1698/9 Benedict Leonard [Calvert], 4th Baron Baltimore, and (2) bef. 10 Dec 1719 Christopher Crowe, of Woodford, co. Essex, Consul at Leghorn (d. 9 Nov 1749), and had issue by her first husband

2. Lady Anne Lee

3. Lady Elizabeth Lee, mar. (1) Col Francis Lee, and (2) Rev Edward Young DD, and had issue by her first husband

4. Lady Barbara Lee (b. 3 Mar 1694), mar. May 1725 as his first wife Sir George Browne, 3rd Bt., of Kiddington Park, co. Oxford, and had issue


14 Jul 1716 (bur. at Spelsbury, co. Oxford)


5 Jun 1674 Baron Spelsbury, of Spelsbury in the County of Oxford, Viscount Quarendon, of Quarendon in the County of Buckingham, and Earl of Lichfield

suc. by



suc. his father 4 Dec 1667 as 5th Baronet of Quarendon; a Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1683-88; Col of the 12th Regiment of Foot Guards 1686-88 and of the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards 1688; Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire 1687-88


George Henry [Lee], 2nd Earl of Lichfield


12 Mar 1689/90


bef. May 1718 Frances Hales (b. c. 1698; d. 3 Feb 1769; bur. at St Pancras, co. Middlesex), only dau. of Sir John Hales, 4th Bt., of Hackington, co. Kent, self styled 2nd Earl of Tenterden, by his first wife Helen Mary Catherine Arundell, dau. of Sir Richard Bealing later Arundell


1. Hon George Henry Lee, later 3rd Earl of Lichfield

2. Hon James Henry Lee (d. Aug 1742 on board a man-of-war at Gibraltar)

3. Hon Charles Henry Lee (dvp. 7 Jun 1740)

1. Lady Charlotte Lee (d. 19 Jun 1794), mar. 26 Oct 1744 Henry [Dillon], 11th Viscount Dillon, and had issue

2. Lady Mary Lee (d. 1758), mar. 31 Jul 1742 Cosmas Henry Joseph Nevill, of Nevill Holt, co. Leicester (b. 1716), son of Count Cosmas Migliorucci by his wife Mary Nevill, sister and cohrss. of Thomas Nevill, of Nevill Holt, co. Leicester, and 4th dau. of Henry Nevill, of Nevill Holt, co. Leicester, and had issue

3. Lady Frances Lee, mar. 9 Nov 1737 Henry [Hyde], 5th Baron Hyde, 1st surv. son and heir ap. of Henry [Hyde], 4th Earl of Clarendon, by his wife Jane Leveson-Gower, sister of John [Leveson-Gower], 1st Baron Gower, and dau. of Sir William Gower later Leveson-Gower, 4th Bt. MP

4. Lady Harriet Lee (b. 1726; dsps. 30 Apr 1752; bur. in South Audley Street Chapel, co. Middlesex), mar. May 1749 as his third wife John [Bellew], 4th Baron Bellew, and had issue

5. Lady Anne Lee (b. c. 1731; d. 9 Dec 1802), mar. 17 Dec 1749 Hugh [Clifford], 4th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, and had issue


15 Feb 1742/3 (bur. at Spelsbury, co. Oxford)

suc. by



Custos Brevium in the Court of Common Pleas


George Henry [Lee], 3rd Earl of Lichfield, PC


21 May 1718


16 Jan 1744/5 Dinah Frankland (b. c. 1719; d. 8 Jan 1779), dau. and cohrss. of Sir Thomas Frankland, 3rd Bt., of Thirkleby, co. York, a Lord of the Admiralty, by his first wife Dinah Topham, dau. and hrs. of Francis Topham, of Agelthorpe, co. York


s.p. 19 Sep 1772 (bur. at Spelsbury, co. Oxford)

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Tory) for Oxfordshire 1740-43; Custos Brevium in the Court of Common Pleas; High Steward of the University of Oxford 1760-62 and Chancellor of the University 1762-72; a Lord of the Bedchamber 1760-62; Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners 1762-72; Privy Councillor 1762


Robert [Lee], 4th Earl of Lichfield


3 Jul 1706


29 May 1745 Catherine Stonhouse (b. 25 May 1708; d. 8 Mar 1784), 2nd dau. of Sir John Stonhouse, 3rd Bt., of Radley, co. Berkshire, by his second wife Penelope Dashwood, 1st dau. of Sir Robert Dashwood, 1st Bt. MP, of Kirtlington Park, co. Oxford


s.p. 3 Nov 1776 (bur. at Spelsbury, co. Oxford)


Member of Parliament (Tory) for Oxford 1754-68; Custos Brevium in the Court of Common Pleas


On the death of the 4th Earl of Lichfield all his titles became extinct.


 First written 23 Jan 2003



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