Cecil Weld-Forester, 1st Baron Forester

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Cecil Weld-Forester, 1st Baron Forester (baptised 7 April 1767 – died 23 May 1828) was a Tory British Member of Parliament and later peer.

Born Cecil Forester and baptised at St Chad's, Shrewsbury,[1] he assumed the additional surname of Weld by Royal licence in 1811, upon inheriting Willey Park from his cousin George Forester. He was elected to the House of Commons for Wenlock in 1790, a seat he held until 1820. The latter year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Forester, of Willey Park in the County of Shropshire.

Lord Forester married Lady Katherine Mary Manners, daughter of Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland, in 1800. He died of gout at Belgrave Square, London in 1828, aged 61, and was buried at Willey parish church.[2] He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son John George Weld-Forester. Lady Forester died in 1829. His descendants would later be in the British line of succession to the throne through his descendant Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester and Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, the wife of his great-grandson, Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood.

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  1. ^ The Complete Peerage, Volume V. St Catherine's Press. 1926. p. 552. Parish named "St Chad's, Salop"(sic), birthdate and place not given.
  2. ^ The Complete Peerage, Volume V. 1926. p. 553. 

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Henry Bridgeman
George Forester
Member of Parliament for Wenlock
1790–1800
With: Sir Henry Bridgeman 1790–1794
John Simpson 1794–1800
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Wenlock
1801–1820
With: John Simpson
Succeeded by
Francis Forester
William Lacon Childe
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Forester
1820-1828
Succeeded by
John George Weld-Forester