Robert Lee, 4th Earl of Lichfield

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Hunting scene by John Wootton (1744), with Robert Lee on the left holding the gun, George Lee, 3rd Earl of Lichfield his nephew mounted in the centre

Robert Lee, 4th Earl of Lichfield (3 July 1706 – 3 November 1776) was an English politician and peer.


An uncle of the 3rd Earl, George Henry Lee II, he was a son of Edward Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield and his wife Charlotte Fitzroy, an illegitimate daughter of Charles II. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford from 1754 to 1768, and considered a Tory.[1]

Lee held the sinecure position of Custos Brevium of the Court of Common Pleas, in the royal gift. He died while hunting.[2]

Family, and end of the line[edit]

In January 1748, Lee married Catherine Stonhouse (b. before 1730 – 8 March 1784), daughter of Sir John Stonhouse, 3rd Baronet, of Radley, co. Berks.[3] The marriage was childless. Lee who died in 1776 was thus the last in the 2nd Creation Earl of Lichfield; the estate and title eventually reverted to his niece Lady Charlotte Lee, eldest surviving daughter of his brother, George Lee, 2nd Earl of Lichfield.

In 1744 Charlotte had married Viscount Dillon. Their son Charles Dillon, 12th Viscount Dillon inherited the estate of Ditchley but not the title of Earl of Lichfield. Ditchley remained the home of the Viscounts Dillon until 1934.

Fresh creation[edit]

The title was created for a third time when Thomas Anson was created Earl of Lichfield in the 1831 coronation honors of William IV.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lee, Hon. Robert (1706–76), of Charlbury, Oxon., History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  2. ^ The Scots Magazine. Sands, Brymer, Murray and Cochran. 1776. p. 622.
  3. ^ William Betham (1801). The Baronetage of England: Or The History of the English Baronets, and Such Baronets of Scotland, as are of English Families; with Genealogical Tables, and Engravings of Their Coats of Arms. Burrell and Bransby. p. 318.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The Viscount Wenman
Thomas Rowney
Member of Parliament for Oxford
With: Thomas Rowney to 1759
Sir Thomas Stapleton, Bt 1759–1768
Succeeded by
George Nares
Hon. William Harcourt
Peerage of England
Preceded by
George Lee
Earl of Lichfield
Succeeded by