Sir Egerton Leigh, 1st Baronet Leigh of South Carolina

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Egerton Leigh

Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: England
Death: 1781 (47)
London, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Leigh and Elizabeth Leigh
Husband of Mary Leigh and Martha Leigh
Father of Charlotte Lucy Leigh; Martha Leigh; Elizabeth Harriet Leigh; Mary Leigh; Sir Egerton Leigh, 2nd Baronet Leigh of South Carolina and 9 others

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About Sir Egerton Leigh, 1st Baronet Leigh of South Carolina

Additional Curator notes

PLEASE do not confuse this family with the Lees of Virginia. While they had the same ancestors two centuries before, they are not the same family. Please do not spell the surname in this family group in any other way than the curator has, to avoid mixing this family with many other similar families. Thank you. Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Curator, 7/11/2011

About the coat of arms on this profile

The coat of arms shown was known to be used by Sir Samuel Egerton Leigh, 3rd Bt. It was also possibly used by the first two baronets. The family adopted this coat of arms, although they were not strictly accurate according to heraldic standard, to display their ancestry, their descent from the Brandon, Clifford, Stanley and Egerton families. For more information, please go to and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Abstract of a speech given in 1955 --

Presidential Address: The Leighs in South Carolina, by H. Hale Bellot

‘My Lord Somebody’, wrote a colonial pamphleteer in 1764,—‘My Lord Somebody has a friend, who has a cousin who needs a place, or stands in somebody's way, and so we may come by a governor.’ What was said, justly or unjustly, about governors was believed likewise of the lesser officers of the crown. My subject is the history of two of these placemen, Peter Leigh (1711–59), chief justice of South Carolina from 1753 to 1759, and his son Egerton (1733–81), attorney general from 1765 to 1781.

Sir Egerton Leigh, 1st Bt. was born on 11 October 1733.2 He is the son of Peter Leigh and Elizabeth Latus.1 He married Mary Bremar, daughter of Francis Bremar, in 1756.1 He died on 15 September 1781 at age 47 at London, England.2


Sir Egerton Leigh, 1st Bt. held the office of Member of the Council [South Carolina].1 He held the office of Surveyor-General [South Carolina].1 He held the office of Attorney-General [South Carolina].1 He was educated at Westminster College, London, Middlesex, England.2 He was created 1st Baronet Leigh, of South Carolina, America [Great Britain] on 19 September 1772.1

Children of Sir Egerton Leigh, 1st Bt. and Mary Bremar

  • Charlotte Lucy Leigh1 d. 1801
  • Sophia Egerton Leigh2 d. 18 Jun 1773
  • Francis Leigh2 d. 18 Mar 1760
  • Peter Leigh2 d. Aug 1757
  • Arabella Anne Leigh2 d. 4 Jun 1766
  • Louisa Gertrude Leigh2 d. 29 May 1769
  • Martha Leigh1 b. 5 Dec 1757
  • Elizabeth Harriet Leigh1 b. 30 Nov 1758
  • Mary Leigh1 b. 5 Dec 1760
  • Sir Egerton Leigh, 2nd Bt.+1 b. 25 Mar 1762, d. 27 Apr 1818
  • Harriet Anne Leigh3 b. 1 Feb 1766
  • Sir Samuel Egerton Leigh+1 b. 1 Mar 1770, d. 11 Dec 1796
  • Thomas Egerton Leigh1 b. 1775


  • [S40] L. G. Pine, editor, Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 17th edition, (London, England: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1952), page 1505. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Landed Gentry, 17th ed.
  • [S344] Burke's Peerage and Gentry, online Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Gentry.
  • [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 593. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
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Sir Egerton Leigh, 1st Baronet Leigh of South Carolina's Timeline

October 11, 1733
December 5, 1757
Age 24
Age 23
November 30, 1758
Age 25
December 5, 1760
Age 27
March 25, 1762
Age 28
Age 28
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
February 1, 1766
Age 32
March 1, 1770
Age 36