Peter Ludlow, 1st Earl Ludlow

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The Right Honourable

The Earl Ludlow

PC
Comptroller of the Household
In office
1782–1784
Monarch George III
Prime Minister The Earl of Shelburne
The Duke of Portland
Hon. William Pitt the Younger
Preceded by Sir Richard Worsley, Bt
Succeeded by The Viscount Galway
Personal details
Born 21 April 1730
Died 26 October 1803 (1803-10-27) (aged 73)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Lady Frances Lumley

Peter Ludlow, 1st Earl Ludlow PC (21 April 1730 – 26 October 1803), known as The Lord Ludlow between 1755 and 1760, was a British politician. He served as Comptroller of the Household from 1782 to 1784.

Background[edit]

Ludlow was the son of Peter Ludlow and Mary, daughter of John Preston, of Ardsalla, County Meath (of the Viscounts Gormanston). He was the grandson of Stephen Ludlow, who represented several constituencies in the Irish House of Commons, and the great-grandson of Henry Ludlow, brother of the Parliamentarian general Edmund Ludlow.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1755 Ludlow, then aged only 25, was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Ludlow, of Ardsalla in the County of Meath.[2] Five years later he was further honoured when he was made Viscount Preston, of Ardsalla in the County of Meath, and Earl Ludlow in the Irish peerage.[3] As these were not English peerages he was still eligible to stand for election to the House of Commons, and in 1768 he was returned for Huntingdonshire, a seat he would hold for the next 28 years.[4] In 1782 he was sworn of the Privy Council[5] and appointed Comptroller of the Household, a post he held until 1784.[1]

Family[edit]

Lord Ludlow married Lady Frances, eldest daughter of Thomas Lumley-Saunderson, 3rd Earl of Scarbrough, in 1753. They had two sons and four daughters. He died in October 1803, aged 73, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Augustus. Ludlow's second son George, the third Earl, was a General in the British Army.[1]

References[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The Lord Carysfort
Sir Robert Bernard, Bt
Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire
1768–1796
With: Viscount Hinchingbrooke 1768–1792
Lancelot Brown 1792–1794
Viscount Hinchingbrooke 1794–1796
Succeeded by
Viscount Hinchingbrooke
Lord Frederick Montagu
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Worsley, Bt
Comptroller of the Household
1782–1784
Succeeded by
The Viscount Galway
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl Ludlow
1760–1803
Succeeded by
Augustus Ludlow