William Legge, 7th Earl of Dartmouth

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Lieutenant-Colonel William Legge, 7th Earl of Dartmouth GCVO TD (22 February 1881 – 28 February 1958), styled Viscount Lewisham between 1891 and 1936, was a British peer and Conservative politician, who was Acting Lord Great Chamberlain 1928-36.


Legge was the eldest son of the 6th Earl of Dartmouth. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He commissioned as a Second lieutenant in the Staffordshire Yeomanry (Queen's Own Royal Regiment) on 11 June 1902.[1]

Political and military career[edit]

In 1907, he joined the London County Council and entered Parliament in 1910 as Member of Parliament for West Bromwich, a seat he held until 1918. While a lieutenant in the Staffordshire Yeomanry, he was appointed honorary colonel of the 7th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment, on 27 April 1910.[2] On 23 April 1912, he was promoted to captain in the Staffordshire Yeomanry,[3] and received a temporary promotion to major on 1 November 1914.[4] He served with the Staffordshire Yeomanry in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign in the First World War, for which he was awarded the Territorial Decoration, and made an officer of the Order of the Nile.[5] On 13 December 1917, he was promoted acting lieutenant-colonel while commanding a Yeomanry regiment.[6] He ceased command on 24 June 1918 and reverted to the rank of major.[7] On 22 November 1922, he resigned his honorary colonelcy.[8] Lewisham was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Staffordshire on 18 November 1920.[9] He was High Bailiff of Westminster from 1930–42 and was made a GCVO for his services on 1 January 1934.[10] Legge inherited his father's titles in 1936.


Lord Dartmouth married Lady Ruperta Wynn-Carington, third daughter of Charles Wynn-Carington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire, on 7 December 1905. They had six children:

Following the death of his father-in-law in 1928, Lord Dartmouth acted as Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain until the death of George V in 1936. Lord Dartmouth died in February 1958, aged 77. As he had no surviving male issue, he was succeeded by his younger brother, Humphry Legge.


  1. ^ "No. 27441". The London Gazette. 10 June 1902. p. 3756. 
  2. ^ "No. 28394". The London Gazette. 12 July 1910. p. 4959. 
  3. ^ "No. 28607". The London Gazette. 14 May 1912. p. 3480. 
  4. ^ "No. 29029". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1915. p. 140. 
  5. ^ "No. 31002". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 November 1918. p. 13274. 
  6. ^ "No. 30566". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 March 1918. p. 3074. 
  7. ^ "No. 30943". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 October 1918. p. 11931. 
  8. ^ "No. 32769". The London Gazette. 21 November 1922. p. 8217. 
  9. ^ "No. 32154". The London Gazette. 7 December 1920. p. 12054. 
  10. ^ "No. 34010". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1933. p. 7. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alfred Hazel
Member of Parliament for West Bromwich
Succeeded by
Frederick Roberts
Court offices
Preceded by
The Marquess of Lincolnshire
Lord Great Chamberlain

Succeeded by
The Marquess of Cholmondeley
Honorary titles
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The Lord Muir-Mackenzie
High Bailiff of Westminster
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Peerage of Great Britain
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William Legge
Earl of Dartmouth
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Humphry Legge