William Legge, 7th Earl of Dartmouth

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Lieutenant-Colonel William Legge, 7th Earl of Dartmouth GCVO, TD (22 February 1881 – 28 February 1958), styled Viscount Lewisham between 1891 and 1936, was a British peer and Conservative politician.


Legge was the eldest son of the 6th Earl of Dartmouth. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

Political career[edit]

In 1907, he joined the London County Council and entered Parliament in 1910 as Member of Parliament for West Bromwich, a seat he held until 1918. He was High Bailiff of Westminster from 1930–42 and was knighted for his services in 1934. Legge inherited his father's titles in 1936. He served with the Staffordshire Yeomanry in the Egypt and Palestine campaign in the Second World War, for which he was awarded the Territorial Decoration.


Lord Dartmouth married Lady Ruperta Wynn-Carrington, third daughter of Robert Wynn Carrington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire, on 7 December 1905. They had six children:

Following the death of his father-in-law in 1928 Lord Dartmouth acted as Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain until the death of George V in 1936. Lord Dartmouth died in February 1958, aged 77. As he had no surviving male issue, he was succeeded by his younger brother, Humphry Legge.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alfred Hazel
Member of Parliament for West Bromwich
Succeeded by
Frederick Roberts
Court offices
Preceded by
The Marquess of Lincolnshire
Lord Great Chamberlain

Succeeded by
The Marquess of Cholmondeley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Muir-Mackenzie
High Bailiff of Westminster
Succeeded by
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Legge
Earl of Dartmouth
Succeeded by
Humphry Legge