William Lowther (1639–1705)

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Sir William Lowther (18 August 1639 – 7 December 1705) was an English landowner and MP.

He was the eldest son of Sir William Lowther of Swillington, near Leeds and educated at Grays Inn and Balliol College, Oxford. He succeeded his father in 1688 and was knighted the same year.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Yorkshire for 1681. He was commissioner for the Aire and Calder Navigation in 1699 and elected Member of Parliament for Pontefract in 1695, sitting until 1698.

He died at Little Preston Hall near Leeds in 1705 and was buried at Kippax. He had married Catherine, the daughter of Thomas Harrison of Middlesex, and had ten children:[1][2]

  • Sir William Lowther, 1st Baronet (1663–1729)
  • son, first apprenticed to a merchant, then joined the Army
  • son, first apprenticed to a merchant, then joined the Army
  • son, joined the Army
  • Richard Lowther, merchant, married successively the daughters of Sir Christopher Wandesford and Sir John Fenwick.
  • Christopher Lowther (d. 1718), merchant, of Little Preston, married Elizabeth Maude and had issue
  • Gerard Lowther, lawyer, d.v.p. age 23
  • Catherine Lowther, married Henry Slingsby
  • Mary Lowther, married John Stanhope.

He had a falling-out with his eldest son, William, over his marriage to the daughter of Lord Maynard, because of the reduction in the estates that would be entailed by her jointure.[2] He left the majority of his estate to Christopher, his younger son.


  1. ^ "Lowther pedigree 2". Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  2. ^ a b Hainsworth, D.R. (1988). "The Lowther Younger Sons". Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. 88: 149–160. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Hon. Henry Dawnay
Sir John Bland, Bt
Member of Parliament for Pontefract
With: Robert Monckton
Succeeded by
Sir John Bland, Bt
John Bright
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Richard Graham, Bt
High Sheriff of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
Ambrose Pudsey