Thomas Powys, 1st Baron Lilford

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The Lord Lilford
Born4 May 1743
Died26 January 1800 (1800-01-27) (aged 56)
Other namesThomas Powys, 1st Baron Lilford
Known for1st Baron Lilford

Thomas Powys, 1st Baron Lilford (4 May 1743 – 26 January 1800) was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1774 to 1797 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Lilford.


Powys was the eldest son of Thomas Powys of Lilford Hall, Northamptonshire. He attended Eton College from 1755-1759 and in 1760 was admitted as fellow-commoner to King's College, Cambridge. He succeeded his father in 1767 and was appointed was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire for 1768-69.

Powys was elected to the House of Commons for Northamptonshire in 1774, a seat he held until 1797.[1] The latter year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Lilford, of Lilford in the County of Northampton.[2]

Personal life[edit]

The family seat was Lilford Hall, first acquired by his great-grandfather, the judge, Thomas Powys.[3] In 1770 he sold Henley Hall to Ralph Knight, who reconstructed the house.

Lord Lilford died in January 1800, aged 56, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Thomas Powys.[4]

Lord Lilford had married Mary, daughter of Galfridus Mann, in 1772 and had six sons and seven daughters. Lady Lilford died in 1823.

Child Birth Death
Thomas Powys 1775 1825
Horace Powys 1788 (Died as infant) (1788),
Littleton Powys 1781 1842
Frederick Powys 1782 1850
Charles Powys 1784 1804
Henry Powys Unknown 1812
Eleanor Powys 1773 1854
Lucy Powys Unknown 1847
Emily Powys Unknown 1844
Caroline Powys 1787 1813
Anne Powys and Sophia Powys (Twins) Unknown Anne 1835 Sophia 1847
Louisa Horatia Powys 1800 1871


  1. ^ "POWYS, Thomas (1743-1800), of Lilford, Northants". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  2. ^ "No. 14052". The London Gazette. 7 October 1797. p. 968.
  3. ^ Tim Powys-Lybbe (2010) "Thomas Powys Lord Lilford",
  4. ^ Tim Powys-Lybbe (2010) "Thomas Powys Lord Lilford",
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir John Dolben
Lucy Knightley
Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire
With: Lucy Knightley 1774–1784
Sir James Langham 1784–1790
Francis Dickins 1790–1797
Succeeded by
Francis Dickins
William Ralph Cartwright
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Lilford
Succeeded by
Thomas Powys