Henry Liddell, 1st Baron Ravensworth

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Henry Liddell, 1st Baron Ravensworth (1708 – 30 January 1784) succeeded to the Baronetcy of Ravensworth Castle, and to the family estates and mining interests, at the age of fifteen, on the death of his grandfather in 1723. He was created 1st Baron Ravensworth on 29 June 1747.

He went to Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1725,[1] and took the Grand Tour in the early 1730s.[2]

He was Member of Parliament for Morpeth 1734–1747.

He was a founder member of the 'Grand Allies' partnership created in 1726 by a group of wealthy land and colliery owners to cooperate in the further development of coal mining in Northumberland and County Durham. Their early investments included collieries at Gosforth, Heaton, New Benton, Tanfield, South Causey, North Biddick and Longbenton.

His seat was Ravensworth Castle, Lamesley, Co. Durham and his London address from 1735 was 13, St James's Square.

Liddell married Anne Delme (daughter of Sir Peter Delme) in 1735 and they had one daughter. He was succeeded in the Baronetcy by his nephew Henry. The Barony was extinct on his death, but was later recreated in 1821 for his great nephew Thomas


  1. ^ "Liddell, Henry, Sir Bart. (LDL725H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ William C. Lowe, ‘Liddell, Henry, first Baron Ravensworth (bap. 1708, d. 1784)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 26 Aug 2008


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Viscount Morpeth
Thomas Robinson
Member of Parliament for Morpeth
With: Viscount Morpeth 1734–1738
Henry Furnese 1738–1741
Robert Ord 1741–1747
Succeeded by
Robert Ord
The Viscount Limerick
Peerage of Great Britain
New title Baron Ravensworth
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Henry Liddell
(of Ravensworth Castle)
Succeeded by
Henry Liddell