LOWTHER, Sir John I, 1st Bt. (1606-75), of Lowther Hall, Westmld.
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Family and Education
b. 20 Feb. 1606, 1st s. of Sir John Lowther† of Lowther Hall by Eleanor, da. of William Fleming of Rydal; bro. of William Lowther. educ. I. Temple of 1621, called 1630. m. (1) by 1628, Mary, da. of Sir Richard Fletcher of Hutton, Cumb., 52. 6da.; (2) Elizabeth, da. of Sir John Hare† of Stow Bardolph, Norf., wid. of Woolley Leigh of Addington, Surr., 3s. 3da. suc. fa. 1637; cr. Bt. c.1638.1
Recorder, Kendal 1636-48; j.p. Westmld. by 1641-?48, by 1655-6, Cumb. Westmld. and Yorks. (N. Riding) July 1660-d., commr. of array, Cumb. and Westmld. 1642, oyer and terminer, Northern circuit July 1660, assessment, Westmld. Aug. 1660-d., (N. Riding) 1661-d., Cumb. 1663-d., dep. lt. c. Aug. 1660-d., steward of Richmond and Marquess fees, barony of Kendal Sept.-Dec. 1660; sheriff, Cumb. 1661-2; commr. for loyal and indigent officers, Westmld. 1662, charitable uses. Cumb. and Westmld. 1670, recusants, Cumb., Westmld. and N. Riding 1675.2
Col. (royalist) ?1642-4; gov. Brougham Castle to 1644.3
Lowther’s ancestors had been seated at the village from which they took their name since at least the reign of Edward I, and from 1305 regularly represented the county. Lowther himself claimed in his old age to have been first elected as knight of the shire in his minority, but it is probable that his memory played him false. He and his father sat together for Westmorland in 1628-9, a highly unusual distinction for any family, however eminent. ‘A man of rigid virtue, temperate and grave, bred from his youth to a great frugality and privacy of living’, he was twice defeated by