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Scarsdale, Earl of (E, 1645 - 1736)


Creation: let.pat. 11 Nov 1645


Extinct: 17 Jul 1736


Family name: Leke




Argent on a Saltire engrailed Sable nine Annulets of the field


A Peacock's Tail erect proper supported by two Eagles' Wings expanded Argent


On either side an Angel proper Upper Garments Purpure Under Garment Wings and Hair Or


 Gloria Deo in Excelsis (Glory be to God on high)



Francis [Leke], 1st Baron Deincourt later 1st Earl of Scarsdale

son and heir of Sir Francis Leke, of Sutton in Scarsdale, co. Derby, by his first wife Frances Swift, dau. and cohrss. of Robert Swift, of Bayton, co. York


bef. 1581


16 Sep 1607 Anne Cary (bapt. 10 Aug 1585; d. bef. 1660), sister of Henry [Cary], 1st Viscount of Falkland, and 6th dau. of Sir Edward Cary, of Aldenham, co. Hertford, Master and Treasurer of the King's Jewels, by his wife Katherine Paget, widow of Henry [Paget], 2nd Baron Paget, and dau. of Sir Henry Knyvett, of Charlton, co. Wiltshire, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber


1. Hon Francis Leke (d. bef. Jun 1646)

2. Hon Nicholas Leke, later 2nd Earl of Scarsdale

3. Hon Edward Leke (d. in the Civil War)

4. Hon Charles Leke (d. in the Civil War)

5. Hon Henry Leke (d. unm.)

1. Lady Anne Leke, mar. Henry Hildyard, of Winestead, co. York, and had issue

2. Lady Catherine Leke, mar. Cuthbert Morley

3. Lady Elizabeth Leke (d. unm.)

4. Lady Muriel Leke (d. unm.)

5. Lady Frances Leke (dsp. 29 Jul 1682), mar. as his first wife Jenico [Preston], 7th Viscount Gormanston

6. Lady Penelope Leke (d. aft. 1705), mar. Charles [Lucas], 2nd Baron Lucas of Shenfield, and had issue


9 Apr 1655


v.p. 22 May 1611 a Baronet of England

v.p. 26 Oct 1624 Baron Deincourt, of Sutton in the County of Derby

11 Nov 1645 Earl of Scarsdale

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Derbyshire 1601; knighted 1603/4; Sheriff of Derbyshire 1604; a supporter of the King in the Civil War


Nicholas [Leke], 2nd Earl of Scarsdale


1 Oct 1612


c. 1653 Lady Frances Rich (bur. 21 Nov 1692), 3rd dau. of Robert [Rich], 2nd Earl of Warwick, by his first wife Frances Hatton, dau. and hrss. of Sir William Newport later Hatton


1. Hon Robert Leke, later 3rd Baron Deincourt later 3rd Earl of Scarsdale

2. Hon Richard Leke (d. 16 Apr 1687), mar. 6 Dec 1680 Mary Molyneux, 1st dau. of Sir John Molyneux, 3rd Bt., of Teversall, co. Nottingham, by his wife Lucy Hesketh, widow of Robert Hesketh, of Rufford, co. Lancaster, and dau. of Alexander Rigby, of Middleton, co. Lancaster, a Baron of the Exchequer, and had issue:

1a. Nicholas Leke, later 4th Earl of Scarsdale

2a. Robert Leke (d. young)

1a. Frances Leke

2a. Lucy Leke

1. Lady Mary Leke


27 Jan 1680/1

suc. by



a supporter of the Parliament side in the Civil War


Robert [Leke], 3rd Baron Deincourt later 3rd Earl of Scarsdale


9 Mar 1653/4


c. 11 Feb 1671/2 Mary Lewis (b. 1658; d. 17 Feb 1683/4), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir John Lewis, 1st Bt., of Ledstone, co. York, by his wife Sarah Foote, 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Thomas Foote, 1st Bt., Lord Mayor of London 1649-50


s.p.s. 27 Dec 1707

suc. by



Capt of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners 1677-83; Capt in Lord Gerard's Regiment of Horse 1677/5; Member of Parliament for Newark-upon-Trent 1679; sum. to Parliament v.p. in his father's Barony of Deincourt 22 Oct 1680; Governor of Kingston-upon-Hull 1682; Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire 1684-87; Col, The Princess Anne of Denmark's Regiment of Horse 1685-87; Groom of the Stole to Prince George of Denmark 1685-87


Nicholas [Leke], 4th Earl of Scarsdale


c. 1682


17 Jul 1736


Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire 1711-12; committed to the Tower of London 1715 on suspicion of supporting the Jacobite Rising


On the death of the 4th Earl of Scarsdale all his titles, including the 1611 Baronetcy, became extinct.


First written 30 Mar 2003



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