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Historic Buildings of Westmorland, England

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  • Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale, KG (1857 - 1944)
    Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale, KG, GCVO (25 January 1857 –13 April 1944) was an English nobleman and sportsman.BiographyThe second son of the 3rd Earl of Lonsdale, he succeeded his brother, the 4...
  • Lancelot Edward Lowther, 6th Earl of Lonsdale (1867 - 1953)
    Edward Lowther, 6th Earl of Lonsdale, OBE, DL (25 June 1867 – 11 March 1953) was an English peer, the youngest son of Henry Lowther, 3rd Earl of Lonsdale.Lowther was educated at Malvern College and Mag...
  • William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale (1757 - 1844)
    William Lowther , 1st Earl of Lonsdale KG was a British Tory politician and nobleman. Background and education Lowther was the son of Sir William Lowther, 1st Baronet, of Little Preston and Swilling...
  • John Lowther, IV of Hackthorpe Hall (1655 - 1700)
    Wikipedia Biographical Summary ==" John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale , PC, FRS (25 April 1655 – 10 July 1700), known as Sir John Lowther, 2nd Baronet, from 1675 to 1696, was an English politician.He ...

Historic Buildings of Westmorland


Now Cumbria/Cumberland

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The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in the county of Westmorland, with links to sub-projects for specific buildings as appropriate. GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked to this project and/or to individual projects where they have been set up.

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  • Lowther Castle is a country house in the historic county of Westmorland, which now forms part of the modern county of Cumbria, England. It has belonged to the Lowther family, latterly the Earls of Lonsdale, since the Middle Ages. In the late 17th century John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale rebuilt the family home, then known as Lowther Hall, on a grand scale. The current building is a castellated mansion which was built by Robert Smirke for William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale between 1806 and 1814, and it was only at that time that Lowther was designated a "castle". The family fortune was undermined by the extravagance of the Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale, a famous socialite, and the castle was closed in 1937. During the Second World War, it was used by a tank regiment. Its contents were removed in the late 1940s and the roof was removed in 1957. The shell is still owned by the Lowther Estate Trust. * Lowther Castle - country house in the historic county of Westmorland, which now forms part of the modern county of Cumbria, England. It has belonged to the Lowther family, latterly the Earls of Lonsdale, since the Middle Ages. - Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale, KG born in 1857 was the last resident of Lowther Castle. He was only 25 when he inherited the Castle. Being the second son of the Earl he did not expect to be the manager of an estate and so had not been appropriately educated. He was at Eton for only two years and left at the age of twelve after which he spent his time playing sport. After he obtained his inheritance in 1882 Hugh indulged his many passions. He bought chestnut horses, carriages and many other extravagances. He had yellow-liveried footmen, a groom of the bedchamber, a chamberlain and a master of music to supervise the 24 musicians who travelled from house to house. His household travelled in a special train. Hugh declared that because of his childlessness he was the last of the Lowthers which ignored the rights of his younger brother Lancelot who was to inherit the vastly depleted estate. His brother Lancelot the 6th Earl inherited the estate in 1944 but because of Hugh’s large debts was forced to sell many of the family’s treasures. A large auction sale was held in 1947. Lancelot died in 1953 and was succeeded by James his grandson.












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