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Sussex, Earl of (E, 1674 - 1715)


Creation: let.pat. 5 Oct 1674


Extinct: 30 Oct 1715


Family name: Lennard




Or on a Fess Gules three Fleurs-de-lis of the field


Out of a Ducal Coronet Or an Heraldic Tiger's Head Argent maned and tufted Gold


Dexter:  a Wolf Argent gorged with a Spiked Collar chain reflexed over the back Or;  Dexter:  a Bull Gules armed ducally gorged and chain reflexed over the back Or


 Pour Bien Desirer



Thomas [Lennard], 15th Baron Dacre later 1st Earl of Sussex

son and heir of Francis [Lennard], 14th Baron Dacre, by his wife Hon Elizabeth Bayning, suo jure Countess of Shepey, 4th dau. of Paul [Bayning], 1st Viscount Bayning


13 May 1654


16 May 1674 his second cousin once removed Lady Anne FitzRoy (b. 25 Feb 1661/2; d. 16 May 1722), 1st illegitimate dau. of King Charles II by his mistress Hon Barbara Villiers later Palmer, suo jure Duchess of Cleveland, only dau. and hrss. of William [Villiers], 2nd Viscount Grandison, by his wife Hon Mary Bayning, 3rd dau. of Paul [Bayning], 1st Viscount Bayning


1. Hon Charles Lennard, styled Lord Dacre (bapt. 3 Jun 1682; dvp. 13 Mar 1683/4)

2. Hon Henry Lennard (d. an infant)

1. Lady Barbara Lennard (b. 12 Jul 1676; dsp. 1741), mar. Lt Gen Charles Skelton

2. Lady Anne Lennard, later suo jure Baroness Dacre


s.p.m.s. 30 Oct 1715


5 Oct 1674 Earl of Sussex


suc. his father as 15th Baron Dacre 12 May 1662; a Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1680-85 ; a supporter of Prince William of Orange


On the death of the 1st Earl of Sussex the Earldom of Sussex became extinct and the Barony of Dacre fell into abeyance between his two daughters, Lady Barbara Skelton and Lady Anne Lennard.  On the death in 1741 of the elder daughter without issue the barony devolved upon her younger sister.


 Last updated 9 Jun 2009



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