LEGGE, William, Visct. Lewisham (1784-1853), of Patshull House, Staffs.
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Family and Education
b. 29 Nov. 1784, 1st s. of George Legge†, 3rd Earl of Dartmouth, and bro. of Hon. Heneage Legge*. educ. Eton 1799; Christ Church, Oxf. 1802-5. m. (1) 5 Apr. 1821, Lady Frances Charlotte Chetwynd Talbot (d. 4 Oct. 1823), da. of Charles Chetwynd, 2nd Earl Talbot, 1s. surv.; (2) 25 Oct. 1828 at Florence, Hon. Frances Barrington, da. of George, 5th Visct. Barrington [I], 6s. 9da. suc. fa. as 4th Earl of Dartmouth 10 Nov. 1810.
Maj. 1 batt. Birmingham vol. inf. 1803, lt.-col. 1804; maj. Staffs. militia 1805, col. 1812
Upon returning home from a continental tour that included Sicily and Spain, Viscount Lewisham sat in Parliament for less than a year on the Paget interest before succeeding to his father’s title. During that time he gave, if anything, a silent support to administration, the Whigs listing him as ‘against the opposition’. His sister Harriet married Sir Edward Paget who succeeded to his seat. He died 22 Nov. 1853.