Robert Lee, 4th Earl of Lichfield

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Robert Lee, 4th Earl of Lichfield (3 July 1706 – 3 November 1776) was an uncle of the 3rd Earl, George Henry Lee II. He was a son of Edward Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield and his wife Charlotte Fitzroy, an illegitimate daughter of Charles II.

In January 1748, he married Catherine Stonehouse (b. before 1730 – 8 March 1784), the daughter of Sir John Stonehouse, Bart., of Radley, co. Berks. The marriage was childless.

He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford from 1754 to 1768.[1]

End of the line[edit]

He died without issue in 1776 and was thus the last in the 2nd Creation Earl of Lichfield. The estate and title eventually reverted to his niece Lady Charlotte Lee, eldest surviving daughter of his brother the 2nd Earl of Lichfield.

In 1744 Charlotte had married Viscount Dillon. Their son Charles Dillon, 12th Viscount Dillon inherited the estate of Ditchley but not the title. Ditchley remained the home of the Viscounts Dillon until 1934.

The title was created for a third time when Thomas Anson was created Earl of Lichfield in the 1831 coronation honors of William IV.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The Viscount Wenman
Thomas Rowney
Member of Parliament for
1754 – 1768
With: Thomas Rowney to 1759
Sir Thomas Stapleton, Bt 1759–68
Succeeded by
George Nares
Hon. William Harcourt