Thomas Egerton, 1st Earl of Wilton
Egerton was the son of Sir Thomas Grey Egerton, 6th Baronet, and his wife Catherine Copley. On his father's side he descended from Sir Rowland Egerton, 1st Baronet, who married Bridget Grey, sister and co-heir of Thomas Grey, 15th Baron Grey de Wilton, who was attainted in 1603 with his title forfeited.
On 12 September 1769, he married Eleanor, youngest daughter and coheir of Sir Ralph Assehton, 3rd Bt, of Middleton. Egerton sat as a Member of Parliament for Lancashire from 1772 to 1784. Then later on 15 May 1784 was elevated to the barony of Grey de Wilton held by his ancestors was revived when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Grey de Wilton, of Wilton Castle in the County Hereford. The peerage was created with remainder to heirs male of his body. On 26 June 1801 he was further honoured at the creation as Viscount Grey de Wilton and Earl of Wilton, of Wilton Castle in the County of Hereford, with remainder to the second and the younger sons successively of his daughter Eleanor, wife of Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster.
He died on 23 September 1814, aged 65, decessit sine prole malus. On his death the Barony of Grey de Wilton became extinct as he had no sons while the Baronetcy was passed on to a distant relative. He was succeeded in the Viscountcy and Earldom according to the special remainder by his grandson Lord Thomas Grosvenor Egerton. The barony became extinct. There was one surviving daughter:
- Eleanor, who on 28 April 1794 married Robert Grosvenor, then Viscount Belgrave; in 1802 he became 2nd Earl Grosvenor, and in 1831 the 1st Marquess of Westminster.
- A list of the subscribers to the intended Bolton Bury and Manchester Canal Navigation. Greater Manchester County Records Office, ref. E4/78/419: Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal Company. 1791.
- "died without male issue"
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Wilton
|Parliament of Great Britain|
Lord Archibald Hamilton
|Member of Parliament for Lancashire
With: Charles Molyneux 1772–1774
Lord Stanley 1774–1776
Thomas Stanley 1776–1780
Thomas Stanley 1780–1784
|Baronetage of England|
Thomas Grey Egerton
(of Egerton and Oulton)
John Grey Egerton
|Peerage of Great Britain|
|New creation||Baron Grey de Wilton
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Earl of Wilton
Thomas Grosvenor Egerton