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William Lowther, 3rd (and last) Baronet

Death: April 15, 1756 (28-29)
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Son of Sir Thomas Lowther, MP, 2nd Baronet and Elizabeth Cavendish

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About William Lowther, 3rd (and last) Baronet

Family and Education b. c.1727, o.s. of Sir Thomas Lowther, 2nd Bt., M.P., by Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, da. of William, 2nd Duke of Devonshire. educ. Clare, Camb. 1745. unm. suc. fa. 23 Mar. 1745; his distant cos. Sir James Lowther, 4th Bt. 2 Jan. 1755.

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Biography In 1755 Lowther inherited the rich Whitehaven estates of Sir James Lowther, 4th Bt., and was returned unopposed for Cumberland in his place.

He died 15 Apr. 1756. ‘He was an excellent young man, and did many generous things’, wrote Mrs. Delany to Mrs. Dewes, 20 Apr.1—an impression confirmed by Horace Walpole: ‘he did a thousand generous acts’ he wrote to Henry Seymour Conway, 16 Apr.; and to George Montagu, 20 Apr.: ‘[he] has been as generous at his death as he was in his short life; he has left thirteen legacies of five thousand pound each to his friends’. He devised Holker and his other Lancashire estates to his cousin, Lord George Cavendish. His Whitehaven estates were entailed to Sir James Lowther, 5th Bt.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790 Author: Sir Lewis Namier Notes 1. Autobiog. (ser. 1), iii. 423-4.

Sir William Lowther, 3rd Baronet (1727 – 15 April 1756) was an English landowner, of Marske Hall, Yorkshire and Holker Hall. He was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Lowther, 2nd Baronet and Lady Elizabeth Cavendish.

In January 1755, he inherited the Whitehaven estates and coal mines from his fourth cousin once removed, Sir James Lowther, 4th Baronet,[1] and succeeded him as Member of Parliament for Cumberland. However, he died unmarried in 1756, last of his line. He left the bulk of his estates, including the Whitehaven inheritance, to his fourth cousin, James Lowther.[2] Holker Hall, which had come from his grandmother Catherine Preston, was left to a distant cousin on her side, Lord George Cavendish.

Marske Hall was bought by Thomas Dundas, later Lord Dundas, in 1762

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