Lionel Cranfield, 3rd Earl of Middlesex

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Lionel Cranfield, 3rd Earl of Middlesex (1625 – 26 October 1674) was an English peer, styled Hon. Lionel Cranfield from 1640 until 1651.[1]

The Dowager Countess of Bath, later Countess of Middlesex

Cranfield succeeded his brother James as Earl of Middlesex in 1651. Around 1655, he married Rachel, daughter of the Earl of Westmorland and widow of Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath.

In May 1660, he was one of the six peers deputed by the Convention Parliament to invite the return of Charles II of England. He was appointed a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Charles II in 1673.[1]

He died the following year without issue; his titles became extinct, and his estates passed to his nephew Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset.

Autograph letter from Cranfield (at Copt Hall) to his estranged wife, circa 1670.


  1. ^ a b Doyle, James William Edmund (1886). The Official Baronage of England, v. 2. London: Longmans, Green. p. 499. 
Peerage of England
Preceded by
James Cranfield
Earl of Middlesex