William Legh, 1st Baron Newton

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William John Legh, 1st Baron Newton (19 December 1828 – 15 December 1898), was a British Conservative politician.

Legh was the son of William Legh and the member of an ancient Cheshire family. He sat as a Member of Parliament for Lancashire South from 1859 to 1868 and for Cheshire East from 1868 to 1885. On 27 August 1892 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Newton, of Newton-in-Makerfield in the County Palatine of Lancaster.[1]

Lord Newton married Emily Jane, daughter of the Venerable Charles Nourse Wodehouse, Archdeacon of Norwich, in 1856. He died in December 1898, aged 69, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Thomas, who became a government minister. His great-grandson Peter Legh, 4th Baron Newton, was also a Conservative politician and government minister. Lady Newton died in 1901.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26328. p. 5384. 23 September 1892.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Brown
John Cheetham
Member of Parliament for Lancashire South
1859 – 1868
With: Algernon Fulke Egerton 1859–1868
Charles Turner 1861–1868
(representation increased to three members 1861)
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Cheshire East
With: Edward Christopher Egerton 1868–1869
William Cunliffe Brooks 1869–1885
Constituency abolished
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Newton
1892 – 1898
Succeeded by
Thomas Wodehouse Legh