Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Lathom
GCB PC
2nd Lord Skelmersdale by Ape.jpg
Lord Skelmersdale caricatured in Vanity Fair magazine, 1871.
Lord Chamberlain of the Household
In office
27 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by The Earl of Kenmare
Succeeded by The Earl of Kenmare
In office
5 August 1886 – 11 August 1892
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by The Earl of Kenmare
Succeeded by The Lord Carrington
In office
16 July 1895 – 19 November 1898
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by The Lord Carrington
Succeeded by The Earl of Hopetoun
Personal details
Born 12 December 1837
Died 19 November 1898
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lady Alice Villiers
(1841-1897)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom GCB, PC (12 December 1837 – 19 November 1898), known as The Lord Skelmersdale between 1853 and 1880, was a British Conservative politician. He was a member of every Conservative administration between 1866 and 1898, and notably served three times as Lord Chamberlain of the Household under Lord Salisbury. Having succeeded his grandfather as Baron Skelmersdale in 1853, he was created Earl of Lathom in 1880.

Background and education[edit]

Bootle-Wilbraham was born at Blythe Hall, Lathom, Lancashire the son of Hon. Richard Bootle-Wilbraham, MP, eldest son of Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Baron Skelmersdale. His mother was Jessy, daughter of Sir Richard Brooke, 6th Baronet. His father died when Edward was only 7 years old and he was brought up by his grandparents at nearby Lathom House. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

Political career[edit]

Bootle-Wilbraham succeeded his grandfather as second Baron Skelmersdale in 1853 and was entitled to take a seat in the House of Lords on his 21st birthday in 1858. He served under the Earl of Derby and then Benjamin Disraeli as a Lord-in-Waiting from 1866[2] to 1868.[3] In 1870 he became Conservative Chief Whip in the House of Lords.[citation needed] He once again held office under Disraeli as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard from 1874[4] to 1880[5] and was admitted to the Privy Council in 1874.[6] In 1880 he was created Earl of Lathom, in the County Palatine of Lancaster.[7] Lord Lathom later held office under Lord Salisbury as Lord Chamberlain of the Household from 1885[8] to 1886,[9] from 1886[10] to 1892[11] and from 1895[12] to 1898.[13] In 1892 he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.[14]

Family[edit]

Lord Lathom married Lady Alice Villiers, daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon, on 16 August 1860.[1] They had nine children:

The Countess of Lathom died in a carriage accident in November 1897, aged 56. Lord Lathom survived her by a year and died in November 1898, aged 60. He was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son, Edward, Lord Skelmersdale.[1]

References[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Colville of Culross
Conservative Chief Whip
in the House of Lords

c. 1870 – 1885
Succeeded by
The Earl of Kintore
Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of St Albans
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1874 – 1880
Succeeded by
The Lord Monson
Preceded by
The Earl of Bessborough
Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1874 – 1880
Preceded by
The Earl of Kenmare
Lord Chamberlain of the Household
1885 – 1886
Succeeded by
The Earl of Kenmare
Preceded by
The Earl of Kenmare
Lord Chamberlain of the Household
1886 – 1892
Succeeded by
The Lord Carrington
Preceded by
The Lord Carrington
Lord Chamberlain of the Household
1895 – 1898
Succeeded by
The Earl of Hopetoun
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Carnavon
Pro Grand Master of the
United Grand Lodge of England

1890 – 1898
Succeeded by
The Earl Amherst
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Earl of Lathom
1880 – 1898
Succeeded by
Edward Bootle-Wilbraham
Preceded by
Edward Bootle-Wilbraham
Baron Skelmersdale
1853 – 1898