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Lonsdale, Earl of (GB, 1784 - 1802)
Creation: let.pat. 24 May 1784
Extinct: 24 May 1802
Family name: Lowther
See Earl of Lonsdale
James [Lowther], 1st Earl of Lonsdale
1st son and heir of Robert Lowther, of Mauds Meaburn, co. Westmorland, Governor of Barbados (by his wife Katherine Pennington, dau. of Sir Joseph Pennington, 2nd Bt., of Muncaster, co. Westmorland, by his wife Hon Margaret Lowther, 4th dau. of John [Lowther], 1st Viscount Lonsdale), 2nd but 1st surv. son and heir of Richard Lowther MP, of Mauds Meaburn, co. Westmorland (by his wife Barbara Prickett, dau. of Robert Prickett, of Wressle Castle, co. York), 2nd son by his first wife of Sir John Lowther, 1st Bt. MP, of Lowther, co. Westmorland
5 Aug 1736
7 Sep 1761 Lady Mary Stuart (b. 20 Jan 1740; dsp. 5 Apr 1824), 1st dau. of John [Stuart], 3rd Earl of Bute, by his wife Mary Wortley-Montagu, suo jure Baroness Mount Stuart, only dau. of Edward Wortley-Montagu, of Wortley, co. York (by his wife Lady Mary Pierrepont, 1st dau. by his first wife of Evelyn [Pierrepont], 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull), only son of Hon Sidney Montagu later Wortley-Montagu MP (by his wife Anne Wortley, dau. and hrss. of Sir Francis Wortley, 2nd Bt., of Wortley, co. York), 2nd son of Edward [Montagu], 1st Earl of Sandwich
s.p. 24 May 1802
24 May 1784 Baron Lowther, of Lowther in the County of Westmorland, Baron of the Barony of Kendal, in the County of Westmorland, Baron of the Barony of Burgh, in the County of Cumberland, Viscount of Lonsdale, in the County of Westmorland and the County Palatine of Lancaster, Viscount of Lowther, in the County of Westmorland, and Earl of Lonsdale, in the County of Westmorland and the County Palatine of Lancaster
26 Oct 1797 Baron and Viscount Lowther, of Whitehaven, with a special remainder, failing heirs male of his body, to the heirs male of the body of Sir William Lowther, Bt., of Swillington, co. York
suc. his second cousin and great-uncle as 5th Baronet and in the Lowther estate 6 or 7 Mar 1750/1 and suc. his cousin Sir James Lowther, 4th Bt., in the Whitehaven estate and about £2,000,000 1755; Member of Parliament for Cumberland 1757-61, 1762-68 and 1774-84, for Westmorland 1761-62 and for Cockermouth 1769-74; Lord Lieutenant of Westmorland 1758-1802 and of Cumberland 1759-1802; Col, Westmorland Militia 1759 and Cumberland Militia 1792; Col in the Army 1794
On the death of the 1st Earl of Lonsdale the Earldom of Lonsdale and other titles created in 1784 became extinct but the Barony and Viscountcy of Lowther created in 1797 passed under the terms of the special remainder to Sir William Lowther, 2nd Bt., of Swillington, co. York, later 1st Earl of Lonsdale.
First written 25 Nov 2005
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