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Northington, Earl of (GB, 1764 - 1786)


Creation: let.pat. 19 May 1764


Extinct: 5 Jul 1786


Family name: Henley




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Azure a Lion rampant Argent ducally crowned Or a Bordure of the second charged with eight Torteaux (Henley), 2nd and 3rd, Argent three Battering Rams proper armed and garnished Azure (Bertie)









Robert [Henley], 1st Baron Henley later 1st Earl of Northington

2nd son of Anthony Henley, of The Grange, Alresford, co. Hampshire, by his wife Mary Bertie, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Hon Peregrine Bertie, of Waldershare, co. Kent (by his wife Susan Monins, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir Edward Monins, 2nd Bt., of Waldershare, co. Kent), 2nd son of Montagu [Bertie], 2nd Earl of Lindsey, by his first wife Martha Ramsay, widow of John [Ramsay], 1st Earl of Holderness, sister of Charles [Cokayne], 1st Viscount Cullen, and 3rd dau. of Alderman Sir William Cokayne, of Rushton, co. Northampton, Lord Mayor of London 1619-20


c. 1708


19 Nov 1743 Jane Huband (b. c. 1716; d. 12 Sep 1787), sister and cohrss. of Sir John Huband, 3rd Bt., of Ipsley, co. Warwick, and 3rd dau. of Sir John Huband, 2nd Bt., of Ipsley, co. Warwick, by his wife Rhoda Broughton, dau. of Sir Thomas Broughton, Bt., of Broughton, co. Staffford


1. Robert Henley (b. 24 Aug 1745; dvp. an infant)

2. Hon Robert Henley, later 2nd Earl of Northington

1. Lady Bridget Henley (d. 13 Mar 1796), mar. (1) as his second wife Hon Robert Lane Lane-Fox MP (dsp. vp. May 1768), only child of George [Fox later Lane-Fox], 1st Baron Bingley, by his wife Hon Harriet Benson, only child of Robert [Benson], 1st Baron Bingley, and (2) 3 Dec 1773 Capt Hon John Tollemache RN, in command of HMS Zebra, killed in a duel at New York by Lt Col ..... Pennington (b. 30 Mar 1750; d. 25 Sep 1777), 6th son of Lionel [Tollemache], 4th Earl of Dysart, by his wife Lady Grace Carteret, sister and cohrss. in her issue of Robert [Carteret], 3rd Earl Granville, and 1st dau. by his first wife of John [Carteret], 2nd Earl Granville, and had issue by her second husband

2. Lady Jane Henley (dsp.), mar. Sir Willoughby Aston, 6th Bt.

3. Lady Mary Henley (dsp. 29 Jun 1814), mar. (1) 14 Dec 1773 as his second wife Edward [Ligonier], 1st Earl Ligonier, and (2) 2 Feb 1788 Thomas [Noel], 2nd Viscount Wentworth

4. Lady Catherine Henley (dsp. 9 Mar 1779), mar. 18 Mar 1777 as his first wife George William [Coventry], 7th Earl of Coventry

5. Lady Elizabeth Henley (b. 10 Jun 1757; d. 20 Aug 1821), mar. 7 Aug 1783 Morton Frederick [Eden], 1st Baron Henley, and had issue


14 Jan 1772


27 May 1760 Lord Henley, Baron Henley of Grainge in the County of Southampton

19 May 1764 Earl of Northington, of Northington in the County of Southampton

suc. by



barrister, Inner Temple 1732; Member of Parliament (Whig) for Bath 1747-57; King's Counsel 1751; Solicitor-General to the Prince of Wales 1751 and also Attorney-General to the Prince of Wales 1754; Bencher of the Inner Temple and Recorder of Bath 1751; knighted 1756; Attorney-General 1756-57; Treasurer of the Inner Temple 1756-57; Privy Councillor 1757; Keeper of the Great Seal and (even though not ennobled until 1760) Speaker of the House of Lords 1757-61; Lord High Steward of England for the trials of Earl Ferrers 1760 and of Lord Byron 1765; Lord Chancellor of Great Britain 1761-66; Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire 1764-71; Lord President of the Council 1766-67


Robert [Henley], 2nd Earl of Northington, KT PC


3 Jan 1746/7


5 Jul 1786


a Teller of the Exchequer 1763-86; Member of Parliament (Whig) for Hampshire 1768-72; Clerk of the Hanaper 1771-86; Knight of the Thistle 1773; Privy Councillor 1783; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1783-84


On the death of the 2nd Earl of Northington the Earldom of Northington became extinct.


 First written 23 Nov 2005



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