William Henry Leigh, 2nd Baron Leigh of Stonleigh (1824 - 1905) MP

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About William Henry Leigh, 2nd Baron Leigh of Stonleigh

Baron Leigh

is a title that has been created twice, once in the Peerage of England and once in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The first creation came in the Peerage of England 1643 when Sir Thomas Leigh, 2nd Baronet, was created Baron Leigh, of Stoneleigh in the County of Warwick. The Leigh Baronetcy, of Stoneleigh in the County of Warwick, had been created in 1611 for his grandfather and namesake Thomas Leigh.[1] The latter was the second son of Sir Thomas Leigh (d. 1571), Lord Mayor of London in 1558, whose third son Sir William Leigh was the grandfather of Francis Leigh, 1st Earl of Chichester. The titles became extinct on the death of the fifth Baron Leigh in 1786.

The barony was revived in 1839 when the poet Chandos Leigh was created Baron Leigh, of Stoneleigh in the County of Warwick, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. He was a descendant of Rowland Leigh, eldest son of the aforementioned Sir Thomas Leigh (d. 1571), himself of a cadet branch of the Leighs of West Hall, High Legh. Both Lord Leigh's son, the second Baron, and grandson, the third Baron, served as Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire. The third Baron was succeeded by his nephew, the fourth Baron. As of 2010[update] the title is held by the latter's grandson, the sixth Baron, who succeeded his father in 2003.

The Honourable Sir Edward Chandos Leigh, second son of the first Baron, was a cricketer and barrister. The Very Reverend the Honourable James Wentworth Leigh, third son of the first Baron, was Dean of Hereford. The Honourable Gilbert Leigh, eldest son of the second Baron, sat as Member of Parliament for Warwickshire South. The family seat is Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The records of the Leigh family of Stoneleigh are held in the archives of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


Leigh Baronets, of Stoneleigh (1611)

Sir Thomas Leigh, 1st Baronet (d. 1626) Sir Thomas Leigh, 2nd Baronet (1595–1672) (created Baron Leigh in 1643) Barons Leigh, First creation (1643) [edit]Thomas Leigh, 1st Baron Leigh (1595–1672) Thomas Leigh, 2nd Baron Leigh (1652–1710) Edward Leigh, 3rd Baron Leigh (1684–1738) Thomas Leigh, 4th Baron Leigh (1713–1749) Edward Leigh, 5th Baron Leigh (1742–1786) Barons Leigh, Second creation (1839) [edit]Chandos Leigh, 1st Baron Leigh (1791–1850) William Henry Leigh, 2nd Baron Leigh (1824–1905) Hon. Gilbert Henry Chandos Leigh (1851–1884) Francis Dudley Leigh, 3rd Baron Leigh (1855–1938) Rupert William Dudley Leigh, 4th Baron Leigh (1908–1979) John Piers Leigh, 5th Baron Leigh (1935–2003) Christopher Dudley Piers Leigh, 6th Baron Leigh (b. 1960)

See also

Earl of Chichester (1644 creation)

References

^ George Edward Cockayne Complete baronetage 1900 Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990. Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]

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William Leigh, 2nd Baron Leigh of Stonleigh's Timeline

1824
January 17, 1824
1848
August 22, 1848
Age 24
St. George's, Hanover Square, Westminster, Middlesex, England
1849
October 29, 1849
Age 25
Stoneleigh Abbey, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England
1851
September 1, 1851
Age 27
1853
May 24, 1853
Age 29
1855
July 30, 1855
Age 31
1856
December 10, 1856
Age 32
1859
May 23, 1859
Age 35
1866
July 3, 1866
Age 42
1905
October 21, 1905
Age 81