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Ullswater, Viscount (UK, 1921)


Creation: let. pat. 8 Jul 1921


Family name: Lowther




Or six Annulets three two and one a Crescent for difference


A Dragon passant Argent


On either side a Horse Argent gorged with a Wreath of Laurel Vert and charged on the shoulder with a Portcullis chained Or


Magistratum Indicat Virum (The office shows the man)



James William [Lowther], 1st Viscount Ullswater, GCB PC

1st son of Hon William Lowther, of Campsea Ashe, Wickham Market, co. Suffolk (by his wife Hon Charlotte Alice Parke, 3rd dau. of James [Parke], 1st Baron Wensleydale), 3rd son of Hon Henry Cecil Lowther MP, of Barley Thorpe, co. Rutland (by his wife Lady Lucy Eleanor Sherard, 1st dau. of Philip [Sherard], 5th Earl of Harborough), 2nd son of William [Lowther], 1st Earl of Lonsdale


1 Apr 1855


1 Mar 1886 Mary Frances Beresford-Hope (d. 16 May 1944), dau. of Rt Hon Alexander James Beresford-Hope MP, of Bedgebury, co. Kent, by his wife Lady Mildred Arabella Charlotte Gascoyne-Cecil, 1st dau. by his first wife of James Brownlow William [Cecil later Gascoyne-Cecil], 2nd Marquess of Salisbury


1. Maj Hon Christopher William Lowther, Member of Parliament for Cumberland North 1918-22 (b. 18 Jan 1887; dvp. 7 Jan 1935), mar. (1) 17 Jun 1910 (div. 1921) Ina Marjorie Gwendoline Pelly OBE (mar. (2) 7 Dec 1921 (div. 1948) Lord George Hugh Cholmondeley OBE MC;  d. 9 Jul 1969), 5th dau. of Rev Canon Raymond Percy Pelly, Vicar of Great Malvern, by his wife Alice Schaffalitzky Larkins, dau. of Col George Larkins, and had issue:

1a. Lieut John Arthur Lowther MVO RNVR (b. 13 Oct 1910; d. 25 Aug 1942), mar. 22 Jul 1937 Priscilla Lambert (d. 10 Nov 1945), 2nd dau. of Reginald Everitt Lambert, of Upham House, Aldbourne, co. Wiltshire, and had issue:

1b. Nicholas James Christopher Lowther, later 2nd Viscount Ullswater

1b. Hon Kirstin Elizabeth Lowther, granted rank and style of a viscount's daughter by Royal Licence Feb 1951 (b. 8 Jun 1939; d. 27 Apr 2018). mar. (1) 6 Jan 1966 (div. 19...) Capt Caledon Alexander, 1st son of Capt Francis John Alexander RN, of South Kensington, London, and (2) 9 Apr 1976 Anthony Edward Ord Welton, of Willowbrook House, Lower Dean, co. Gloucester, and has issue by her first husband

Maj Hon Christopher Lowther mar. (2) 16 Feb 1921 Dorothy Loveridge (former wife of Capt Guy Loveridge;  mar. (3) 21 Jul 1936 (div. 1951) Capt Hugh Ellis Davies Cullen MC;  d. 10 Nov 1945), only dau. of Lieut Arthur Henry Bromley-Davenport, and had issue:

1a. Hon Rosemary Lowther, granted rank and style of a viscount's daughter by Royal Licence Oct 1950 (b. 25 Feb 1922), mar. 7 Jul 1945 Lieut Douglas Cyril Aubrey Goolden, of Forge Cottage, Withyham, co. Sussex, son of Cdr Cyril Goolden DSO RN, of Colombo, Ceylon, and has issue

2a. Christine Lowther (b. 16 Jan 1927; dvp. 4 Aug 1927)

3a. Hon Jennifer Lowther, granted rank and style of a viscount's daughter by Royal Licence Oct 1950 (b. 11 Jun 1932), mar. (1) 9 Sep 1954 (div. 1962) as his second wife her third cousin James Hugh William [Lowther], 7th Earl of Lonsdale, (2) 15 Dec 1962 (div. 1972) F/Lt William Edward Clayfield DFC RAF, son of Walter H Clayfield, of Nuneaton, (3) 29 Mar 1976 (div. 1980) Rev Oswald Dickin Carter (d. 1986), and (4) 1981 James Cornelius Sullivan, and has issue by her first husband

2. Capt Hon Arthur James Beresford Lowther, Assistant Commissioner Kenya Colony 1908-20; ADC to the Governor of Southern Rhodesia 1923 (b. 28 Oct 1888; d. 2 Mar 1967)

1. Hon Mildred Lowther OBE (d. 2 Jul 1973)


27 Mar 1949


8 Jul 1921 Viscount Ullswater, of Campsea Ashe in the County of Suffolk

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Rutland 1883-85 and for Mid-Cumberland 1886-1921; Fourth Charity Commissioner 1887; Parliamentary Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs 1891-92; Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons 1895-1905; Privy Councillor 1898; Speaker of the House of Commons 1905-21; GCB 1921; Trustee of the British Museum 1922-31


Nicholas James Christopher [Lowther], 2nd Viscount Ullswater


9 Jan 1942


10 Jun 1967 Susan Weatherby, only dau. of Capt James Howard Weatherby, of Lemington Grange, Moreton-in-Marsh, co. Gloucester, by his wife Mary Wake, 2nd dau. of Maj Gen Sir Hereward Wake CB CMG DSO, 13th Bt.


1. Hon Benjamin James Lowther, of The Old Rectory, Docking, co. Norfolk (b. 20 Nov 1975), mar. Theresa Schoeman, dau. of Johan Schoeman, of Cape Town, South Africa, and has issue:

1a. Nikolas Lowther (b. 11 Jan 2009)

2. Hon Edward John Lowther, Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II 1994-96 (b. 8 Oct 1981), mar. 7 May 2011 Katherine Henshaw, dau. of Hugh Nigel Henshaw by his wife Anne Victoria Helen Foley, dau. of Henry Thomas Hamilton Foley MBE, and has issue

1. Hon Emma Mary Lowther (b. 2 Aug 1968), mar. 2000 Christian Stewart-Smith, son of Christopher Stewart-Smith, and has issue

2. Hon Clare Priscilla Lowther (b. 17 Jul 1970), mar. 31 Oct 1996 as his second wife Mark Flawn-Thomas, son of Peter Flawn-Thomas


Lord-in-Waiting (Government Whip) 1989-90 ; Parliamentary Under Secretary for Employment 1990-93; Captain of the Gentlemen-at-arms (Government Chief Whip) 1993-94; Minister of State for the Environment 1994-95; Private Secretary to HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon 1998-2002; elected hereditary peer (Deputy Speaker - Conservative), House of Lords 2003


 Last updated 4 Jun 2019




2nd Viscount Ullswater, of Campsea Ashe in the County of Suffolk

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 8 Jul 1921)



The Old Rectory, Docking, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8LJ

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