Thomas Powys, 1st Baron Lilford

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

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.



Powys was the eldest son of Thomas Powys of Lilford Hall, Northamptonshire. He attended Eton College from 1755 to 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.

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]

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.

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

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


Coat of arms of Thomas Powys, 1st Baron Lilford
Coronet of a British Baron.svg
Lilford Escutcheon.png
A lion's jamb couped and erect Gules, holding a staff headed with a fleur-de-lis also erect Or.
Or, a lion's jamb erased in bend dexter, between two cross crosslets fitchee in bend sinister Gules.
Dexter, a reaper habited in a loose shirt, leather breeches loose at the knees, white stockings, and black hat and shoes ; in his hat ears of corn, in his right band a reaping-hook, and at his feet a garb, all proper. Sinister, a man in the uniform of the' Northamptonshire yeomanry cavalry, riz. a green long coat, orna-mented on the cuffs and button-holes with gold lace, yellow waistcoat and breeches, and black top boots ; a black stock ; a round hat, adorned with a white feather in front and a green one behind, the sword-belt inscribed with the letters N.Y. and the exterior hand resting on his sword sheathed and point downwards.
Parta Tueri (To maintain acquired possessions). [5]

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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.
  3. Tim Powys-Lybbe (2010) "Thomas Powys Lord Lilford",
  4. Tim Powys-Lybbe (2010) "Thomas Powys Lord Lilford",
  5. Debrett's Peerage. 1840.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire
With: Lucy Knightley 1774–1784
Sir James Langham 1784–1790
Francis Dickins 1790–1797
Succeeded by
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Lilford
Succeeded by