Gilbert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 1st Earl of Ancaster
Gilbert Henry Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 1st Earl of Ancaster PC (1 October 1830 – 24 December 1910), known as 2nd Baron Aveland from 1867 to 1888 and as 25th Baron Willoughby de Eresby from 1888 to 1892, was a British Liberal politician and court official.
Born Gilbert Henry Heathcote, he was the son of Gilbert Heathcote, 1st Baron Aveland and Clementina Elizabeth Drummond-Willoughby, 24th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.
In 1852 Ancaster was elected to the House of Commons for Boston, a seat he held until 1856, and then represented Rutland until he succeeded his father as second Baron Aveland in 1867. In 1872 he assumed by Royal license the additional surnames of Willoughby and Drummond. He held the office of Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain from 1871 to 1901 and was admitted to the Privy Council in 1880. In 1888 he succeeded his mother as twenty-fifth Baron Willoughby de Eresby and four years later he was created Earl of Ancaster, in the County of Lincoln. This was a revival of the title held by his maternal ancestors the Dukes of Ancaster and Kesteven.
- Hon. Evelyn Clementina Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1864–1924), married Maj.-Gen. Sir Henry Peter Ewart, 1st Baronet of White.
- Hon. Margaret Mary Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1866– ), married Gideon Macpherson Rutherford, barrister-at-law.
- Hon. Gilbert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1867–1951), succeeded as 2nd Earl of Ancaster.
- Hon. Nina Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1869–1940).
- Brig.-Gen. Hon. Charles Strathavon Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1870–1949), fought in the Second Boer War and World War I.
- Lt.-Col. Hon. Claud Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1872–1950), fought in the Second Boer War and World War I, and was a Conservative politician.
- Hon. Cecilie Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1874– ) married Thomas Clarence Edward Goff.
- Hon. Alice Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1876–1951).
- Hon. Mary Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1878– ), married the 14th Earl of Dalhousie and became the mother of both the 15th and the 16th Earl.
- Lt-Cdr Hon. Peter Robert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, RN (1885–1914), naval officer killed in the sinking of HMS Monmouth at the Battle of Coronel.
Lord Ancaster died on 24 December 1910, aged 80, and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son
- "Willoughby, Gilbert Henry Heathcote (WLHY849GH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 100th Edn, London, 1953.
- Gilbert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby at thepeerage.com
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lord Ancaster
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
James William Freshfield
|Member of Parliament for Boston
With: Benjamin Cabbell
Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bt
Hon. Gerard Noel
|Member of Parliament for Rutland
With: Hon. Gerard Noel
Hon. Gerard Noel
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Earl of Ancaster
Gilbert John Heathcote
|Peerage of England|
Clementina Elizabeth Drummond-Willoughby
|Baron Willoughby de Eresby