Thomas Powys, 1st Baron Lilford

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The Lord Lilford
Born4 May 1743
Died26 January 1800 (1800-01-27) (aged 56)
Other namesThomas Powys, 1st Baron Lilford
Known for1st Baron Lilford

Thomas Powys, 1st Baron Lilford (4 May 1743 – 26 January 1800) was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1774 to 1797 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Lilford.

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Powys was the eldest son of Thomas Powys of Lilford Hall, Northamptonshire. He attended Eton College from 1755-1759 and in 1760 was admitted as fellow-commoner to King's College, Cambridge. He succeeded his father in 1767 and was appointed was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire for 1768-69.

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Powys was elected to the House of Commons for Northamptonshire in 1774, a seat he held until 1797. [1] The latter year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Lilford , of Lilford in the County of Northampton. [2]

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Baron Lilford

Baron Lilford, of Lilford in the County of Northampton, is a title in the Peerage of Great Britain. It was created in 1797 for Thomas Powys, who had previously represented Northamptonshire in the House of Commons. His grandson, the third Baron, served as a Lord-in-waiting from 1837 to 1841 in the Whig administration of Lord Melbourne. He was succeeded by his son, the fourth Baron. He was an ornithologist. On the death of his younger son, the sixth Baron, in 1949, the line of the eldest son of the second Baron failed. The late Baron was succeeded by his second cousin once removed, the seventh Baron. He was the great-great-grandson of the Hon. Robert Vernon Powys, second son of the second Baron. As of 2010 the title is held by his only son, the eighth Baron, who succeeded in 2005. The family seat from 1711 until the 1990s was Lilford Hall in Northamptonshire. The current Baron Lilford retains ownership of land in Jersey, South Africa and West Lancashire including the Bank Hall Estate, which were inherited in 1860 by Thomas Atherton Powys, 3rd Baron Lilford upon the death of his wife's cousin George Anthony Legh Keck.

Lilford-cum-Wigsthorpe and Thorpe Achurch are a pair of adjacent civil parishes in the English county of Northamptonshire that share a single parish council.

Personal life

The family seat was Lilford Hall, first acquired by his great-grandfather, the judge, Thomas Powys [3] . He was the son of Thomas Powys (24 Sep 1719 - 2 Apr 1767), only son heir of his gt-uncle Littleton Powys, and Henrietta Spencer ( - 1771). In 1770 he sold Henley Hall to Ralph Knight, who reconstructed the house.

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Ralph Knight English soldier and politician

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Lord Lilford died in January 1800, aged 56, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Thomas Powys. [4]

Thomas Powys, 2nd Baron Lilford British peer

Thomas Powys, 2nd Baron Lilford was a British peer. He was the son of Thomas Powys, 1st Baron Lilford and Mary Mann of Lilford Hall. He succeeded his father as Baron Lilford in 1800. He was educated at Eton College, St John's College, Cambridge and Lincoln's Inn (1794). He married Henrietta Maria Vernon Atherton of Atherton Hall, Leigh on 5 December 1797 at Penwortham, Lancashire and they had twelve children.

Lord Lilford had married Mary, daughter of Galfridus Mann, in 1772 and had six sons and seven daughters. Lady Lilford died in 1823.

Thomas Powys 17751825
Horace Powys1788(Died as infant) (1788),
Rev. Littleton Powys 17811842
Frederick Powys17821850
Charles Powys17841804
Henry PowysUnknown1812
Eleanor Powys17731854
Lucy PowysUnknown1847
Emily PowysUnknown1844
Caroline Powys17871813
Anne Powys and Sophia Powys (Twins)UnknownAnne 1835 Sophia 1847
Louisa Horatia Powys18001871

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  1. "POWYS, Thomas (1743-1800), of Lilford, Northants". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  2. "No. 14052". The London Gazette . 7 October 1797. p. 968.
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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir John Dolben
Lucy Knightley
Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire
With: Lucy Knightley 1774–1784
Sir James Langham 1784–1790
Francis Dickins 1790–1797
Succeeded by
Francis Dickins
William Ralph Cartwright
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Lilford
Succeeded by
Thomas Powys