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Rockingham, Earl of (GB, 1714 - 1746)


Creation: let.pat. 9 Oct 1714


Extinct: 26 Feb 1745/6


Family name: Watson




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Lewis [Watson], 3rd Baron Rockingham later 1st Earl of Rockingham

1st son and heir of Edward [Watson], 2nd Baron Rockingham, by his wife Lady Anne Wentworth, sister and cohrss. of William [Wentworth], 2nd Earl of Strafford, and 1st dau. of Thomas [Wentworth], 1st Earl of Strafford


29 Dec 1655


Jul 1677 Lady Catherine Sondes (b. c.1658; d. 21 Mar 1695/6), 2nd dau. and cohrss. and in her issue sole hrss. of George [Sondes], 1st Earl of Feversham, by his second wife Mary Villiers, dau. by his third wife of Sir William Villiers, 1st Bt., of Brooksby, co. Leicester


1. Hon Edward Watson, styled Viscount Sondes, Member of Parliament (Whig) for Canterbury 1708-10 and for New Romney 1713-21/2, Gentleman of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales 1719 (b. c. 1687; dvp. 20 Mar 1721/2), mar. 21 Mar 1708/9 Lady Catherine Tufton (b. 24 Apr 1693; d. 13 Feb 1733/4), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Thomas [Tufton], 6th Earl of Thanet, by his wife Lady Catherine Cavendish, 4th dau. and cohrss. of Henry [Cavendish], 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and had issue:

1a. Hon Lewis Watson, later 2nd Earl of Rockingham

2a. Hon Thomas Watson, later 3rd Earl of Rockingham

3a. Hon Edward Watson (d. unm.)

1a. Lady Katherine Watson, mar. Edward Southwell, of King's Weston, co. Gloucester, and had issue

2. Hon George Watson (d. 1735)

1. Lady Mary Watson (dsp. 15 May 1737), mar. Wray Saunderson, of Glentworth, co. Lincoln (dsp. bef. 27 May 1714), only child of Hon Nicholas Saunderson, of Glentworth, co. Lincoln (by his wife Elizabeth Wray, only dau. and hrss. by his second wife of Sir John Wray, 3rd Bt., of Glentworth, co. Lincoln), 1st son and heir ap. by his first wife of George [Saunderson], 5th Viscount Castleton

2. Lady Anne Watson (d. young)

3. Lady Arabella Watson, mar. as his second wife Sir Robert Furnese, 2nd Bt., of Waldershare, co. Kent (d. 7 Mar 1733), and had issue

4. Lady Margaret Watson (bapt. 22 Mar 1695/6; d. 24 Feb 1751/2), mar. 8 Apr 1725 John [Monson], 1st Baron Monson, and had issue


19 Mar 1723/4


9 Oct 1714 Baron Throwley, of Throwley in the County of Kent, Viscount Sondes, of Lees Court in the County of Kent, and Earl of Rockingham

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Whig) for Canterbury 1680/1 and for Higham Ferrers 1689; Master of the Buckhounds 1703-05; Lord Lieutenant of Kent 1705-24; Vice Admiral of Kent 1705; Deputy Warden of the Cinque Ports 1705-08


Lewis [Watson], 2nd Earl of Rockingham


c. 1714


10 Apr 1736 his cousin Katherine Furnese (mar. (2) 13 Jun 1751 as his third wife Francis [North], 1st Earl of Guilford; dsp. 17 Dec 1766), only sister of the whole blood and cohrss. of Sir Henry Furnese, 3rd Bt., of Waldershare, co. Kent, and only dau. of Sir Robert Furness, 2nd Bt., of Waldershare, co. Kent, by his second wife Lady Arabella Watson, 3rd dau. of Lewis [Watson], 1st Earl of Rockingham


s.p. 4 Dec 1745

suc. by



Lord Lieutenant of Kent 1737-45


Thomas [Watson], 3rd Earl of Rockingham


30 Dec 1715


26 Feb 1745/6


Member of Parliament (anti-Walpole Whig) for Canterbury 1741-45; Lord Lieutenant of Kent 1745-46


On the death of the 3rd Earl of Rockingham the Barony of Throwley, the Viscountcy of Sondes and the Earldom of Rockingham all became extinct, but the Barony of Rockingham passed to his cousin, Thomas [Watson-Wentworth], 1st Earl of Malton later 1st Marquess of Rockingham.


Last updated 15 Mar 2011



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