Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Baron Skelmersdale

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Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Baron Skelmersdale (7 March 1771 – 3 April 1853), was a British landowner and politician.


Bootle-Wilbraham was the son of Richard Wilbraham Bootle and his wife Mary, daughter of Robert Bootle. He inherited Lathom House on the death of his father in 1796 and changed his name by royal licence in 1814 to Bootle-Wilbraham .

He was elected to the House of Commons for Westbury in 1795,[1] a seat he held until 1796, and then represented Newcastle under Lyme from 1796 to 1812, Clitheroe from 1812 to 1818 and Dover from 1818 to 1828. On 30 January 1828 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Skelmersdale, of Skelmersdale in the County Palatine of Lancaster.[2]

Lord Skelmersdale married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Reverend Edward Taylor, in 1796. She died in 1840. Skelmersdale survived her by thirteen years and died in April 1853, aged 82. They had a number of children, including two sons: Richard Bootle-Wilbraham (1801-1844) and Edward Bootle-Wilbraham (1807-1882).

He was succeeded in the barony by his grandson Edward, his eldest son the Hon. Richard Bootle-Wilbraham having predeceased him.


  1. ^ historyofparliamentonline.org, Westbury 1790–1820.
  2. ^ "No. 18433". The London Gazette. 18 January 1828. p. 122.


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Samuel Estwick I
Samuel Estwick II
Member of Parliament for Westbury
With: Samuel Estwick II
Succeeded by
Sir Henry St John-Mildmay, Bt
George Ellis
Preceded by
William Egerton
Sir Francis Ford, Bt
Member of Parliament for Newcastle under Lyme
With: William Egerton
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Newcastle under Lyme
With: William Egerton 1801–1802
Sir Robert Lawley 1802–1806
James Macdonald 1806–1812
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Earl Gower
Sir John Fenton Boughey, Bt
Preceded by
Robert Curzon
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
With: Robert Curzon
Viscount Castlereagh
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Robert Curzon
William Cust
Preceded by
Sir John Jackson, Bt
Charles Jenkinson
Member of Parliament for Dover
With: Sir John Jackson, Bt 1818–1820
Joseph Butterworth 1820–1826
Charles Poulett Thomson 1826–1828
Succeeded by
Charles Poulett Thomson
William Henry Trant
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Skelmersdale
Succeeded by
Edward Bootle-Wilbraham