Tuesday, 16 November 2021

1st Duke of Wharton


SIR THOMAS WHARTON (1495-1568), Knight, Governor of the town and castle of Carlisle, was summoned to Parliament, in 1545, as Baron Wharton.

His lordship married firstly, Eleanor, daughter of Sir Bryan Stapleton, of Wighill, Yorkshire; and secondly, in 1561, the Lady Anne Talbot, daughter of Francis, 5th Earl of Shrewsbury.

He was succeeded by an elder son and successor (having had issue by the former wife only), 

THOMAS, 2nd Baron (1520-72), who wedded Anne, younger daughter of Robert, 1st Earl of Sussex, and had issue, a son and successor,

PHILIP, 3rd Baron (1555-1625), who espoused firstly, in 1577, Frances, second daughter of Henry, 2nd Earl of Cumberland, and had, with three daughters, two sons,
His lordship married secondly, Dorothy Colby; and thirdly, the Lady Anne Manners, daughter of John, 4th Earl of Rutland.

The 2nd Baron's sons having predeceased him, he was succeeded by his grandson,

PHILIP, 4th Baron (1613-96), who married firstly, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Rowland Wandesford, Knight, of Pickhay, Yorkshire, and had issue, an only daughter, ELIZABETH.

4th Baron Wharton, by Anthony van Dyck.
Photo Credit: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA

His lordship wedded secondly, Jane, daughter and heir of Colonel Arthur Goodwin, of Buckinghamshire, and had issue,
THOMAS, his successor;
Goodwin, MP;
Anne; Margaret; Mary; Philadelphia.
The 4th Baron espoused thirdly, Mrs Anne Popham.

His lordship was succeeded by his eldest son,

THOMAS, 5th Baron (1648-1715), who was created, in 1706, Viscount Winchendon and Earl of Wharton; and, 1715, advanced to the dignities of Marquess of Malmesbury and Marquess of Wharton; and at the same time was made a peer of Ireland, as Baron Trim, Earl of Rathfarnham, and Marquess of Catherlough.

Allegorical Tomb of Thomas, 1st Marquess of Wharton
Photo Credit: Government Art Collection

His lordship espoused firstly, Anne, one of the daughters and co-heirs of Sir Henry Lee Bt, of Ditchley, Oxfordshire; and secondly, Lucy, only daughter and heiress of Adam, 1st Viscount Lisburne, and besides two daughters, Lucy and Jane, an only son,

PHILIP, 2nd Marquess (1698-1731), who was created, in 1718, DUKE OF WHARTON.

His Grace married firstly, Martha, daughter of Major-General Richard Holmes, and had issue, an only child, Thomas, who died in infancy. 

He wedded secondly, Maria Theresa O'Neill, daughter of Colonel Henry O'Beirne, an Irish officer in the Spanish Service, but had no issue.

His Grace, the celebrated and witty Duke of Wharton, was attainted, 1729, and died in a Spanish monastery in 1731, when all his honours became extinct, except the barony of Wharton which became abeyant between the Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley, Baron Willoughby de Eresby, and Colonel Charles Kemeys-Tynte.
  • Myles Christopher David Robertson, 12th Baron.
The heir presumptive is the Hon Meghan Robertson (b 2006).

Former seat ~ Winchendon Manor, Buckinghamshire.

First published in September, 2017.  Wharton arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

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