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Henry Lowther (politician)

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Henry Cecil Lowther
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
In office
Preceded byJames Lowther
The Lord Muncaster
Succeeded byEarl of Bective
William Lowther
Personal details
Born(1790-07-27)27 July 1790
Lowther Castle, Westmorland
Died6 December 1867(1867-12-06) (aged 77)
Lady Lucy Eleanor Sherard
(after 1817)
Children7, including Henry, William
Parent(s)William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale
Lady Augusta Fane
EducationWestminster School
Cricket information
BowlingRight-arm slow
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 47
Runs scored 387
Batting average 5.30
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 34
Balls bowled [a]
Wickets 7
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/?
Catches/stumpings 11/–
Source: CricInfo, 20 June 2021

Colonel Henry Cecil Lowther, DL, JP (27 July 1790 – 6 December 1867) was an English Conservative politician and an amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1819 to 1843. His long service in the House of Commons saw him become the Father of the House.

Early life


Lowther was born on 27 July 1790 at Lowther Castle, Westmorland. He was the second son of William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale, and his wife Lady Augusta (née Fane) (eldest daughter of John Fane, 9th Earl of Westmorland and, his first wife, Augusta Bertie, a granddaughter of Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven).

Lowther was Educated at Westminster School



He entered the army on 16 July 1807 as a cornet in the 7th Hussars. He was promoted lieutenant on 21 July 1808 and captain on 4 October 1810.[1] He served with the 7th Hussars during the campaign of 1809 in Spain, including the battles of Mayorga, Sahagún, Benevente, and the retreat to Corunna.[2] From 1812 until 1814, he was in Wellington's army during the Peninsular War, and was made a major in the 10th Hussars on 12 November 1815.[1] He received the Peninsular Medal with three clasps after the war.[2] On 20 April 1817 he went into the 12th Regiment of Foot as a lieutenant-colonel, with which rank he retired on half-pay. In 1830, he transferred to the 44th Foot. He raised six part-time Troops of Westmorland Yeomanry Cavalry across Westmorland and Cumberland at his own expense in 1819 and commanded them until he was appointed colonel of the Royal Cumberland Militia in 1830.[3][4]

Political career


First elected in 1812 for Westmorland, a constituency long in the family interest, he continued to be returned until his death on 6 December 1867 at Barleythorpe Hall, Rutland. In 1862, he became Father of the House. He was the last MP elected during the reign of George III.[3]

Cricket career


Between 1818 and 1839, Lowther played in 47 first-class cricket matches. A right-handed batsman and right arm slow roundarm bowler, he played most frequently for MCC.[5] He played for the Gentlemen in the Gentlemen v Players series and also played once for both Hampshire and Surrey sides.[5][6]

Personal life


On 19 May 1817, Lowther was married to Lady Lucy Eleanor Sherard, daughter of Philip Sherard, 5th Earl of Harborough and the former Eleanor Monckton (second daughter and co-heiress of Col. Hon. John Monckton of Fineshade Abbey, eldest son, by his second wife, of John Monckton, 1st Viscount Galway).[7] Together, they were the parents of seven children, three sons and four daughters, including:[7]

Lady Lucy died 8 June 1848. Lowther died on 6 December 1867.[9] In 1873, his children were granted the style and precedence of the younger son of an Earl by Royal Warrant.[7]


  1. ^ Scorecards from the time Lowther played often do not include details of the overs bowled or runs conceded by players.


  1. ^ a b Philippart, John (1820). The Royal Military Calendar. Retrieved 12 January 2007.
  2. ^ a b "The Hon. H. C. Lowther". The Gentleman's Magazine. F. Jeffries. 1868. Retrieved 12 January 2007.
  3. ^ a b "LOWTHER, Hon. Henry Cecil (1790-1867), of Barleythorpe, Rutland". historyofparliamentonline.org. History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  4. ^ Penrith and Eden Museum: 'Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry'.
  5. ^ a b Henry Lowther, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-11-18. (subscription required)
  6. ^ The Times, 7, 9, 16 Dec.; F. Lillywhite, Cricket Scores and Biogs. (1860), i. 399; Sporting Gazette, 14 December 1867; Gent. Mag. (1868), i. 108.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Lonsdale, Earl of (UK, 1807)". cracroftspeerage.co.uk. Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  8. ^ Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage. Burke's Peerage Limited. 1921. p. 1408. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  9. ^ Holmes, Tim (2011). "William Lowther 1821 to 1912" (PDF). campseaashechurch.org.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Westmorland
With: The Lord Muncaster 1812–1813
Viscount Lowther 1813–1831, 1832–1841
Alexander Nowell 1831–1832
William Thompson 1841–1854
Earl of Bective 1854–1867
Succeeded by
Preceded by Father of the House of Commons
Succeeded by