John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale, PC, (25 April 1655 –10 July 1700 ), 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.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. 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.
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.
Marquess of Bath is a title in the Peerage of Great Britain. It was created in 1789 for Thomas Thynne, Viscount Weymouth. The Marquess holds the subsidiary titles Baron Thynne, of Warminster in the County of Wiltshire, and Viscount Weymouth, both created in 1682 in the Peerage of England. He is also a baronet in the Baronetage of England.
Earl of Lonsdale is a title that has been created twice in British history, firstly in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1784, and then in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1807, both times for members of the Lowther family.
Viscount Ullswater, of Campsea Ashe in the County of Suffolk, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1921 for James Lowther upon his retirement as Speaker of the House of Commons. He was the eldest son of the Hon. William Lowther, third son of the Hon. Henry Lowther, second son of William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale. The first Viscount lived to the age of 93, and was pre-deceased by both his eldest son the Hon. Christopher Lowther, a Conservative politician, and his eldest son's eldest son John Arthur Lowther (1910–1942), the title being inherited by his seven-year-old great-grandson, the second and current Viscount, in an extremely rare instance of a great-grandson succeeding his great-grandfather in a peerage. The second Viscount held office in the Conservative administrations of Margaret Thatcher and John Major and since 2003 he has been one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. As a descendant of the first Earl of Lonsdale he is also in remainder to this peerage and its subsidiary titles. The current holder of the earldom, Hugh Lowther, 8th Earl of Lonsdale, is Lord Ullswater's fourth cousin.
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Sir Philip Musgrave
Sir Thomas Strickland
| Member of Parliament for Westmorland |
With: Sir Philip Musgrave 1677–1678
Alan Bellingham 1678–1679
| 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
Sir Richard Sandford
| Vice-Chamberlain of the Household |
The Earl of Monmouth
| First Lord of the Treasury |
The Lord Godolphin
The Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery
| Lord Privy Seal |
The Earl of Tankerville
Sir Philip Musgrave, Bt
| Custos Rotulorum of Westmorland |
The Lord Wharton
The Earl of Carlisle
| Vice-Admiral of Cumberland and Westmorland |
Title next held bySir Richard Musgrave, Bt
The Viscount Preston
| Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland and Westmorland |
The Earl of Carlisle
The Earl of Thanet
| Custos Rotulorum of Cumberland |
|Peerage of England|
|New creation|| Viscount Lonsdale |
|Baronetage of Nova Scotia|
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