Thomas Fane, 6th Earl of Westmorland

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The Earl of Westmorland

Armorial of Thomas Fane, 6th Earl of Westmorland: Azure, three dexter gauntlets back affrontée or
11th First Lord of Trade
In office
11 May 1719 – May 1735
MonarchGeorge I
George II
Preceded byThe Earl of Holderness
Succeeded byThe Earl FitzWalter
Custos Rotulorum of Northamptonshire
In office
MonarchGeorge I
George II
Preceded byThe Earl of Peterborough
Succeeded byThe Duke of Montagu
Justice in Eyre, north of the Trent
In office
11 March 1717 – 11 May 1719
MonarchGeorge I
Preceded byThe Marquess of Dorchester
Succeeded byThe Earl of Harborough
Personal details
Thomas Fane

(1681-10-03)3 October 1681
Died4 June 1736(1736-06-04) (aged 54)
Spouse(s)Catherine Stringer (1707–1730)
ParentsVere Fane, 4th Earl of Westmorland
Rachel Bence

Thomas Fane, 6th Earl of Westmorland PC (3 October 1681 – 4 June 1736), styled The Honourable Thomas Fane from 1691 to 1699, was a British peer and member of the House of Lords. He was the third son (second surviving son) of Vere Fane, 4th Earl of Westmorland and his wife Rachel Bence; as well as the younger brother of Vere Fane, and the older brother of John Fane, 7th Earl of Westmorland. As his older brother Vere died without issue in 1699, Thomas Fane inherited the Earldom of Westmorland, as well as his brother's further titles Baron Burghersh and Lord le Despencer.

Fane held many offices, including that of Deputy Warden of the Cinque Ports between 1705 and 1708, First Lord of Trade between 1719 and 1735 and Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire in 1735.[1] Furthermore, he was Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Queen Anne's husband, Prince George of Denmark, on 25 April 1704, and Lord of the Bedchamber to King George I in 1715.[1] In 1717, he was invested as a Privy Counsellor.[1]

Fane married Catherine Stringer, daughter of Thomas Stringer in 1707, and they were married until she died on 4 February 1730.[3] Fane himself died on 4 June 1736 without any issue, and was succeeded as 7th Earl of Westmorland, 7th Baron Burhersh and 10th Lord le Despencer by his younger brother, general John Fane.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mosley 2003, p. 4314.
  2. ^ Debrett 1820, p. 1148.
  3. ^ a b Naylor 1888.


  • Debrett, John, ed. (1820). Debrett's Correct Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland. 1 (13 ed.). London: Printed G. Woodall, Angel Court, Skinner Street.
  • Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. 3 (107th ed.). Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd.
  • Naylor, George, ed. (1888). The registers of the parish of Thorington in the county of Suffolk : with notes of the different acts of Parliament referring to them, and notices of the Bence family, with pedigree, and other families whose names appear therein. London: Mitchell and Hughes.
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Holderness
First Lord of Trade
Succeeded by
The Earl FitzWalter
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Peterborough
Custos Rotulorum of Northamptonshire
Succeeded by
The Duke of Montagu
Preceded by
The Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull
Justice in Eyre
north of the Trent

Succeeded by
The Earl of Harborough
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Vere Fane
Earl of Westmorland
Succeeded by
John Fane