Colonel Egerton Leigh JP DL MP
|Born||7 March 1815|
|Died||1 June 1876(aged 61)|
|Unit||2nd Dragoon Guards; Cheshire Militia|
Leigh was the only son of Egerton Leigh and Wilhelmina Sarah, daughter of George Stratton, and succeeded his father as head of the ancient Cheshire family of Leigh of West Hall, High Legh; the Leigh baronets of South Carolina were a cadet branch of this family, while his first name was derived from his descent from John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater. An earlier junior branch of the medieval Leigh family became Barons Leigh and Earls of Chichester.
Leigh married Lydia Rachel, daughter of John Smith Wright, JP in 1842. They had several children, the eldest of whom was Egerton Leigh (who married first Lady Elizabeth Gore White; who died 1880) and great-grandfather of the Conservative politician Sir Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough (since 1983). He died on 1 July 1876; his wife survived him by 17 years and died on 3 April 1893.
Military and political career
After leaving Eton, Leigh entered the army as Cornet in the Queen's Bays, and went on to serve as a captain in the 2nd Dragoon Guards and a major and brevet lieutenant-colonel in the Cheshire Militia. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire, and served as High Sheriff of the county in 1872. At a by-election in 1873 he was elected to parliament for Mid Cheshire, which seat he represented until his death three years later. He was a staunch Conservative, in favour of the union of Church and State and of economy in public expenditure.
- "Death Of Colonel Egerton Leigh, M.P.". News. The Times (28671). London. 3 July 1876. p. 8.
- Internet Archive: Leigh, Egerton, 1815–1876 (accessed 16 May 2010)
- Harrison S. Leigh, Egerton (1815–1876). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press; 2004) (accessed 14 July 2010)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Egerton Leigh
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
George Cornwall Legh
|Member of Parliament
for Mid Cheshire
With: Wilbraham Egerton