LEGGE, William, Visct. Lewisham (1784-1853), of Patshull House, Staffs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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31 Jan. - 10 Nov. 1810

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.

Offices Held

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.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne