LOWTHER, William I (1668-94).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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23 May 1692 - July 1694

Family and Education

b. 17 June 1668, 2nd s. of Col. John Lowther† of Lowther (d.v.p. s. of Sir John Lowther, 1st Bt.†), being 1st by his 2nd w. Mary, da. of William Withens of Eltham, Kent; half-bro. of Sir John Lowther, 2nd Bt. II*.  educ. Middle Temple, 1682; Queen’s, Oxf. 1685; travelled abroad (Italy, Germany).  unm.1

Offices Held


Born five months after his father’s death, Lowther’s upbringing was entrusted to his grandfather until his death in 1675, and thereafter to his cousin Sir John Lowther, 2nd Bt. I*. Lowther’s life was neatly summarized in a memoir dating from the late 1690s by his elder half-brother, who wrote that Lowther

had £100 a year left him by my grandfather . . . besides the £100 a year I gave him, finding him engaged in ill company, I sent him to travel to Rome and over most parts of Germany etc., and when he returned got him chosen a Member of Parliament for Carlisle, all these things to my great expense . . . I saw my brother advantaged by his travels and by the Parliament so as to be well esteemed of, but death carried him off at about 24 years of age with a consumption and thereby his estate returned to me.

He was buried at Lowther on 28 July 1694.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Eveline Cruickshanks / Richard Harrison


  • 1. H. Owen, Lowther Fam. 182.
  • 2. Owen, 182; Cumbria RO (Carlisle), Lonsdale mss D/Lons/L2/6, f. 14.