John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale

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John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale, PC, (25 April 1655 10 July 1700 [1] ), known as Sir John Lowther, 2nd Baronet, from 1675 to 1696, was an English politician.

He was born at Hackthorpe Hall, Lowther, Westmorland, the son of Colonel John Lowther of Lowther and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Henry Bellingham, Bart, of Hilsington, Westmoreland. He was educated at Kendal Grammar School and Sedbergh School before admission to Queen's College, Oxford (matriculated 1670). He was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1671 and called to the Bar in 1677. [2] Prior to his creation as a viscount in 1696 John had succeeded his grandfather, another Sir John Lowther (1605–1675), as a baronet, and was twice member of parliament for Westmorland between 1677 and 1696. In 1688 he was serviceable in securing Cumberland and Westmorland for King William III, and was appointed to the Privy Council in 1689. In 1690 he was first lord of the treasury, and he was Lord Privy Seal from March 1699 until his death. [3] He was badly injured in a duel in 1691.

On 3 December 1674, he married Lady Katherine Thynne (d. bef. 1713), daughter of Sir Henry Frederick Thynne, 1st Baronet. They had children:

He died at Lowther in 1700 and was buried in Lowther churchyard. His branch of the Lowther family became extinct when his son Henry, the 3rd viscount (1694–1751), died unmarried in March 1751. [3]

Lonsdale wrote in 1688 a brief account of events from the accession of James II to the landing of the Prince of Orange at Torbay, which was later printed as Memoirs of the Reign of James II (in 1808, for private circulation) and again in 1857. The Memoirs reveal no more of Lonsdale's part in events than his public utterances. [4]


  1. "J. V. Beckett, 'Lowther, John, first Viscount Lonsdale (1655–1700)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004" . Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  3. 1 2 Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lonsdale, Earls of". Encyclopædia Britannica . 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 987.
  4. Richard Saul Ferguson (1871). Cumberland and Westmorland M. P.'s from the Restoration to the Reform Bill of 1867, (1660-1867.). C. Thurnam and Sons. p. 403.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Philip Musgrave
Sir Thomas Strickland
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
With: Sir Philip Musgrave 1677–1678
Alan Bellingham 1678–1679
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Alan Bellingham
Christopher Philipson
Preceded by
Alan Bellingham
Christopher Philipson
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
With: Alan Bellingham 1681–1689
Henry Wharton 1689
Goodwin Wharton 1689–1690
Sir Christopher Musgrave 1690–1695
Sir Richard Sandford 1695–1696
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Sir Richard Sandford
William Fleming
Political offices
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James Porter
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
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Peregrine Bertie
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The Earl of Monmouth
First Lord of the Treasury
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The Lord Godolphin
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The Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery
Lord Privy Seal
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The Earl of Tankerville
Honorary titles
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Sir Philip Musgrave, Bt
Custos Rotulorum of Westmorland
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The Lord Wharton
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The Earl of Carlisle
Vice-Admiral of Cumberland and Westmorland
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Sir Richard Musgrave, Bt
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The Viscount Preston
Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland and Westmorland
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The Earl of Carlisle
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The Earl of Thanet
Custos Rotulorum of Cumberland
Peerage of England
New creation Viscount Lonsdale
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Richard Lowther
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
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John Lowther
(of Lowther)
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Richard Lowther