Lewis Watson, 1st Earl of Rockingham

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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:

From 1681–85, 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 from 1703–05, Custos Rotulorum and Lord Lieutenant of Kent from 1705–24, Vice-Admiral of Kent in 1705 and Deputy Warden of the Cinque Ports from 1705–08. 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
Edward Hales
Sir Thomas Hardres
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
with Vincent Denne

1681 – 1685
Succeeded by
Sir William Honywood, Bt
Henry Lee
Preceded by
Sir Rice Rudd, Bt
Member of Parliament for Higham Ferrers
Succeeded by
Thomas Andrew
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Winchilsea
Lord Lieutenant of Kent
1705 – 1724
Succeeded by
The Earl of Leicester
Custos Rotulorum and
Vice-Admiral of Kent

1705 – 1724
Succeeded by
The Duke of Dorset
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl of Rockingham
1714 – 1724
Succeeded by
Lewis Watson
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Edward Watson
Baron Rockingham
1689 – 1724
Succeeded by
Lewis Watson