William Legge, 4th Earl of Dartmouth
Dartmouth was returned to Parliament as one of two representatives for Milborne Port at a by-election in January 1810. However, in November of the same year he succeeded his father in the earldom and took his seat in the House of Lords. He was admitted a Fellow of the Royal Society on 7 November 1822. He was also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Lord Dartmouth was twice married.
He married firstly Lady Frances Charlotte, daughter of Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 2nd Earl Talbot, on 5 April 1820. They had one son:
- William Walter, 5th Earl of Dartmouth, b. 12 August 1824
Lady Frances died on 4 October 1823.
Lord Dartmouth married secondly the Honourable Frances, daughter of Reverend George Barrington, 5th Viscount Barrington, on 25 October 1828. They had six sons and nine daughters. His children by his second wife were:
- Frances Elizabeth b c1830,
- Louisa b c1831,
- George Barrington b 19 December 1831,
- Beatrix Maria b c1833,
- Edward Henry b 23 April 1834,
- Arthur Kaye Howard b c1835,
- Katharine b c1837,
- Florence b 1838,
- Augustus b 28 November 1839,
- Barbara Caroline b 1841,
- Charles Gounter b 9 May 1842,
- Charlotte Anne Georgiana b c1844,
- Heneage b 3 July 1845,
- Harriet Octavia b 1 March 1847,
- Wilhelmina b 1849.
The Countess of Dartmouth died on 12 August 1849.
Lord Dartmouth remained a widower until his death in November 1853, aged 68. He was succeeded in the earldom by his only child from his first marriage,
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- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Mayo to Minehead
- "Lists of Royal Society Fellows". Retrieved 2006-12-15.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Dartmouth
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