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Stafford, Marquess of (GB, 1786)


Creation: let. pat. 1 Mar 1786


Family name: Leveson-Gower
















Granville [Leveson-Gower], 2nd Earl Gower later 1st Marquess of Stafford, KG PC

1st son and heir of John [Leveson-Gower], 1st Earl Gower, by his first wife Lady Evelyn Pierrepont, 3rd dau. by his first wife of Evelyn [Pierrepont], 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull


4 Aug 1721

mar. (1)

23 Dec 1744 Elizabeth Fazakerly (dsps. 19 May 1746), dau. of Nicholas Fazakerly MP, of Penwortham, co. Lancaster, by his wife Anne Lutwyche

mar. (2)

28 Mar 1748 Lady Louisa Egerton (d. 14 Mar 1761), 1st dau. and cohrss. in her issue of Scroop [Egerton], 1st Duke of Bridgewater, by his second wife Lady Rachel Russell, 1st dau. of Wriothesley [Russell], 2nd Duke of Bedford

children by second wife:

1. Lord George Granville Leveson-Gower, later 2nd Marquess of Stafford later 1st Duke of Sutherland

1. Lady Louisa Leveson-Gower (d. 29 Jan 1827), mar. 26 Dec 1777 Sir Archibald Macdonald, 1st Bt., of East Sheen, co. Surrey (d. 18 May 1826), 4th son of Sir Alexander Macdonald of Sleat, 7th Bt., , and had issue

2. Lady Caroline Leveson-Gower (d. 27 Jan 1824), mar. 22 Mar 1770 Frederick [Howard], 5th Earl of Carlisle, and had issue

3. Lady Anne Leveson-Gower (d. 16 Nov 1832), mar. 5 Feb 1784 Most Rev and Rt Hon Edward Venables-Vernon later Vernon-Harcourt DD, Archbishop of York 1807-47 (b. 10 Oct 1757; d. 5 Nov 1857), 3rd son of George [Vernon later Venables-Vernon], 1st Baron Vernon, by his third wife Martha Harcourt, sister of Simon [Harcourt], 1st Earl Harcourt, and only dau. of Hon Simon Harcourt MP,  and had issue

mar. (3)

25 May 1768 Lady Susanna Stewart (d. 15 Aug 1805), 2nd dau. of Alexander [Stewart], 6th Earl of Galloway, by his cousin and second wife Lady Catharine Cochrane, 3rd dau. by his first wife of John [Cochrane], 4th Earl of Dundonald

children by third wife:

2. Lord Granville Leveson-Gower, later 1st Earl Granville

4. Lady Georgiana Augusta Leveson-Gower (d. 24 Mar 1806), mar. Nov 1797 as his first wife William [Eliot], 2nd Earl of St Germans, and had issue

5. Lady Charlotte Sophia Leveson-Gower (d. 12 Aug 1854), mar. 16 May 1791 Henry Charles [Somerset], 6th Duke of Beaufort, and had issue

6. Lady Susan Leveson-Gower (d. 26 May 1838), mar. 30 Jul 1795 Dudley [Ryder], 1st Earl of Harrowby, and had issue


26 Oct 1803


1 Mar 1786 Marquess of Stafford

suc. by

only son by second wife


Member of Parliament for Bishops Castle 1744-47, for Westminster 1747-54, and for Lichfield 1754;  suc. his father 25 Dec 1754 as 2nd Earl Gower;  a Lord of the Admiralty 1749-51;  Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire 1755-1800;  Privy Councillor 1755;  Lord Privy Seal 1755-57 and 1784-94;  Master of the Horse 1757-60;  Master of the Great Wardrobe 1760-63;  Lord Chamberlain of the Household 1763-65;  Lord President of the Council 1767-79 and 1783-84;  High Steward of Stafford 1769;  Knight of the Garter 1771


George Granville [Leveson-Gower], 2nd Marquess of Stafford later 1st Duke of Sutherland, KG


28 Jan 1833 Duke of Sutherland


The Marquessate of Stafford has been held by the Dukes of Sutherland since 28 Jan 1833.




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