George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington

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George Booth
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The Earl of Warrington.
Born (1675-05-02)2 May 1675
Merehall, Cheshire
Died 2 August 1758(1758-08-02) (aged 83)
Resting place Bowden
Title Earl of Warrington
Tenure 1694 - 1758
Nationality British
Locality Cheshire

George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington (May 2, 1675 – August 2, 1758) was a British peer.

Life[edit]

He was the second son of Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, by Mary, daughter of Sir James Langham, Bart, of Cottesbrooke. He was born at Merehall, Cheshire, on 2 May 1675. [1]

On the death of his father, in 1694, he succeeded to the title, and also received the appointment of lord-lieutenant of Chester, another nobleman being nominated to discharge the duties during his minority. [1]

In 1739, he wrote, Considerations upon the Institution of Marriage, with some thoughts concerning the force and obligation of the marriage contract, wherein is considered how far divorces may or may not be allowed, By a Gentleman. Humbly submitted to the judgment of the impartial. It is an argument in favour of divorce on the ground of incompatibility of temper. From other sources we learn that he had been convinced of the advisability of admitting this as a sufficient reason by his own unhappy experiences. Luttrell states that the lady had a fortune of £40,000, and Philip Bliss, in a manuscript note in a copy of Walpole‘s Royal and Noble Authors, now in the British Museum, adds:

Some few years after my lady had consign'd up her whole fortune to pay my lord’s debts, they quarrelled, and lived in the same house as absolute strangers to each other at bed and hoard.

Of the earl and his lady there is an amusing and not too flattering description in a letter by Mrs, Bradshaw, printed in Letters to and from Henrietta, countes of Suffolk (1824), i. 97:

The Earl and Countess of Warrington, met us, which to me quite spoiled the feast ; she is a limber dirty fool, and he the stiffest of all stiff things.

Besides his pamphlet on divorce the earl was the author of a Letter to the writer of the “Present State of the Republic of Letters," vindicating his father from the reflections against him in Burnet’s History of his own Time, [1]

He died on 2 Aug. 1758, and was buried in the vault at Bowden.[1]

Family[edit]

In 1702, he married Mary, daughter of Sir John Oldbury, a merchant, of St Dunstan's in the East, by his wife, Mary Bohun. His wife died in 1740. Their only child, Mary, married, in 1736, Henry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford, who inherited the estates in Cheshire and Lancashire. [1] Upon his death, the Earldom of Warrington became extinct, whilst the family titles of Baron Delamer and the Baronetcy created in 1611 devolved upon his cousin, Nathaniel Booth. However his only daughter, Lady Mary Booth, the wife of Henry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford, inherited all the Booth estates, including Dunham Massey. Their son, George Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford was created Earl of Warrington

References[edit]

Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHenderson, Thomas Finlayson (1886). "Booth, George (1675-1758)". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

Sources[edit]

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry Booth
Earl of Warrington
1st creation
1694–1758
Extinct
Baron Delamer
1st creation
1694–1758
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Booth