Thomas Lennard, 1st Earl of Sussex

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Arms of Lennard: Or, on a fess gules three fleurs-de-lys of the field[1]

Thomas Lennard, 1st Earl of Sussex, 15th Baron Dacre, (13 May 1654 – 30 October 1715) was an English peer. He became Earl of Sussex in 1674 when he married Lady Anne Fitzroy, illegitimate daughter of Charles II and Lady Barbara Palmer. The Baron Dacre title became abeyant in 1715 following his death.[2]


Lennard was a supporter of cricket which developed into a major sport during his lifetime. His 1677 accounts include an item which refers to £3 being paid to him when he went to a cricket match being played at "ye Dicker" (sic), which was then a common in the vicinity of Hailsham in East Sussex.[3]


  1. ^ Burke, Sir Bernard, The General Armory, London, 1884, p. 601
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  3. ^ McCann, p. xl.


  • McCann, Tim (2004). Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century. Sussex Record Society.
Peerage of England
New creation Earl of Sussex
4th creation
Preceded by
Francis Lennard
Baron Dacre
1st creation
In abeyance
Title next held by
Anne Barrett-Lennard