Edward Lambton, 7th Earl of Durham

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Edward Lambton, 7th Earl of Durham (born 19 October 1961), is a British musician and a member of the band, 'Pearl,TN'. He is better known as Ned Lambton.

He was born in 1961, the youngest child and only son of Antony, Viscount Lambton, eldest son of John Lambton, 5th Earl of Durham. As part of the annual Houghton Feast, an ox was roasted, and a bonfire was lit at the top of Penshaw Hill (formerly part of the Lambton Estate) to mark his birth; he was later baptised by Maurice Harland, Bishop of Durham, in the church of St Barnabas, Burnmoor.

Upon his grandfather's death on 4 February 1970, Lambton's father succeeded as Earl of Durham but disclaimed that title on 23 February that same year. During this short period, Lambton was known by the courtesy title Viscount Lambton, but afterwards used the title Lord Durham (as if using the courtesy title Baron Durham) to avoid confusion with his father, who improperly continued to style himself Viscount Lambton.

He succeeded his father as 7th Earl of Durham in 2006, and has been involved in an inheritance dispute with some of his sisters.[1]

Lambton stood for the Referendum Party in his father's former constituency of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the 1997 general election, gaining 3.4% of the vote.


Lambton has been married three times and divorced twice:

In 1983 he married Christabel Mary McEwen, a daughter of Roderick McEwen (younger son of Sir John McEwen, 1st Baronet) and Romana von Hofmannsthal. They had one child:

  • Frederick Lambton, Viscount Lambton, born 23 February 1985

Ned Lambton and McEwen divorced in 1995. She has since married the musician Jools Holland.

On 19 October 1995, Lambton married Catherine FitzGerald, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, the daughter of Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin, and Olda Ann Willes. Their marriage did not produce any children and they divorced in 2002. She is now married to actor Dominic West.

In January 2011, Lambton married 28-year-old ex-model Marina Hanbury, who worked as a parliamentary assistant to Kate Hoey, M.P., until 2010.[2] Marina's sister Rose is married to David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. Edward and Marina have three children:

  • Lady Stella Rose Lambton, born 25 October 2011
  • The Hon. Claud Timothy Lambton, born 1 September 2015
  • Lady Acony Belle Lambton, born 8 November 2017


  1. ^ "Now luckless Earl is hit by a £3M dry rot bill". Daily Mail.
  2. ^ Low-key wedding as earl ties the knot for third time - website of The Journal newspaper

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Title last held by
Antony Lambton
Earl of Durham