Lewis Watson, 1st Earl of Rockingham

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Arms of Watson, of Rockingham Castle: Argent, on a chevron engrailed azure between three martlets sable as many crescents or

Lewis Watson, 1st Earl of Rockingham (29 December 1655 – 19 March 1724) was an English peer and politician.

Rockingham was the eldest son of Edward Watson, 2nd Baron Rockingham and his wife, the former Lady Anne Wentworth, daughter of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford. In 1677, he married Lady Catherine Sondes, a daughter of George Sondes, 1st Earl of Feversham.[1] They had five surviving children:

In 1681–1685, Watson was Whig Member of Parliament for Canterbury and for Higham Ferrers briefly in 1689, before having to leave the Commons on inheriting his father's barony that year.

Lord Rockingham was Master of the Buckhounds in 1703–1705, Custos Rotulorum and Lord Lieutenant of Kent in 1705–1724, Vice-Admiral of Kent in 1705 and Deputy Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1705–1708. In 1714, he was created Earl of Rockingham and on his death in 1724, his titles passed to his grandson, Lewis.


  1. ^ Hasted, Edward (1798). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Institute of Historical Research. 7: 38–50. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
Parliament of England
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Canterbury
With: Vincent Denne
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Higham Ferrers
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Kent
Succeeded by
Custos Rotulorum and
Vice-Admiral of Kent

Succeeded by
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl of Rockingham
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Peerage of England
Preceded by Baron Rockingham
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