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Rockingham, Marquess of (GB, 1746 - 1782)


Creation: let.pat. 19 Apr 1746


Extinct: 1 Jul 1782


Family name: Watson-Wentworth




Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Argent on a Chevron engrailed Azure between three Martlets Sable as many  Crescents Or (Watson);  2nd and 3rd, Sable a Chevron between three Leopards' Faces Or (Wentworth)


A Griffin passant wings elevated Argent beaked forelegged and ducally gorged Or


Dexter:  a Griffin Argent beaked and forelegged Gules collared vairé Ermine and Azure;  Sinister:  a Lion Or collared vairé Ermine and Gules


Mea Gloria Fides and En Dieu Est tout



Thomas [Watson-Wentworth], 1st Baron Malton later 1st Earl of Malton later 1st Marquess of Rockingham, KB PC

only son and heir of Hon Thomas Watson later Watson-Wentworth, of Malton and Wentworth Woodhouse, co. York (by his wife Alice Proby, dau. of Sir Thomas Proby, Bt., of Elton Hall, co. Huntingdon), 3rd son of Edward [Watson], 2nd Baron Rockingham


13 Nov 1693


22 Sep 1716 Lady Mary Finch (d. 30 May 1761), dau. of Daniel [Finch], 7th Earl of Winchilsea, by his second wife Hon Anne Hatton, only dau. by his first wife and hrss. in her issue of Christopher [Hatton], 1st Viscount Hatton


1. Hon William Watson-Wentworth, styled Viscount Higham (bapt. 2 Sep 1728; dvp. 16 Aug 1739)

2. Lord Charles Watson-Wentworth, later 2nd Marquess of Rockingham

1. Lady Anne Watson-Wentworth (d. 29 Aug 1769), mar. 22 Jun 1744 William [Fitzwilliam], 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam, and had issue

2. Lady Mary Watson-Wentworth, mar. 1764 John Milbanke, 4th son by his second wife of Sir Ralph Milbanke, 4th Bt., of Halnaby Hall, co. York, and had issue

3. Lady Henrietta Alicia Watson-Wentworth, mar. Oct 1764 William Sturgeon, and had issue


14 Dec 1750


28 May 1728 Baron Malton, of Malton in the County of York

19 Nov 1734 Baron Wath, of Wath in the County of York, Baron Harrowden, of Harrowden in the County of Northampton, Viscount Higham, of Higham Ferrers in the County of Northampton, and Earl of Malton

19 Apr 1746 Marquess of Rockingham

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Whig) for Malton 1715-27 and for York 1727-28; Knight of the Bath 1725; Privy Councillor [I] 1733; Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1733-50; suc. his cousin as 6th Baron Rockingham 26 Feb 1745/6


Charles [Watson-Wentworth], 1st Earl of Malton later 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, KG PC


13 May 1730


26 Feb 1752 Mary Bright (d. 19 Dec 1804), dau. and hrss. of Thomas Liddell later Bright, of Badsworth, co. York, by his wife Margaret Norton, dau. and hrss. of William Norton, of Sawley, co. York


s.p. 1 Jul 1782


v.p. 17 Sep 1750 Baron Malton and Earl of Malton (Peerage of Ireland)


Lord Lieutenant of the North and West Ridings of Yorkshire 1751-62 and 1765-82; a Lord of the Bedchamber 1751-62; Vice-Admiral of Yorkshire 1755-63 and 1776-82; Knight of the Garter 1760; Privy Councillor 1765; First Lord of the Treasury (Prime Minister) 1765-66 and 1782; High Steward of Hull 1766-82


On the death of the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham all his titles became extinct.




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