Robert Lee, 4th Earl of Lichfield
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Robert Lee, 4th Earl of Lichfield (1706–1776) was an English politician and peer, the last of the Earls of Lichfield.
|Earl of Lichfield|
|Predecessor||George Lee, 3rd Earl of Lichfield|
|Born||3 July 1706|
|Died||4 November 1776|
The marriage was childless
|Father||Edward Henry Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield|
Birth and originsEdit
Robert was born on 3 July 1706 in St. James Street, Westminster, London. He was one of the ten children and the youngest of the sons of Edward Henry Lee and his wife Charlotte FitzRoy. His father was created the 1st Earl of Lichfield just before his marriage. Robert's mother was a natural daughter of Charles II and Barbara Villiers.
|Robert listed among his brothers|
|He appears at the bottom of the list of brothers as the youngest:
On 29 May 1745, at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Lee married Catherine Stonhouse (1708–1784), daughter of Sir John Stonhouse, 3rd Baronet, of Radley, Berkshire. The marriage was childless.
On 17 September 1772, at the age of 66, Lee became the 4th Earl of Lichfield when the 3rd Earl, his nephew, died childless.
Death, succession, and timelineEdit
Lord Lichfield, as he now was, died childless on 4 November 1776, falling off his horse while hunting near Ditchley. He was buried in the All Saints church in Spelsbury in an elaborate marble monument by William Tyler (architect). He was the last Earl of this, the second, creation of the title. The earldom became extinct, but the estate went to his niece Lady Charlotte Lee, eldest surviving daughter of his brother, George Lee, 2nd Earl of Lichfield. In 1744 Charlotte had married Viscount Dillon. Their son Charles Dillon, 12th Viscount Dillon inherited the estate at his mother's death in 1794. This included the house at Ditchley, which remained the home of the Viscounts Dillon until 1934.
|0||1706, 3 Jul||Born, in London.|
|38||1745, 29 May||Married Catherine Stonhouse at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.|
|66||1772, 17 Sep||Succeeded his nephew as 4th Earl of Lichfield.|
|70||1776, 4 Nov||Died at Ditchley.|
- Cokayne 1893, p. 76, line 3: "He [Robert Lee] was b. 3 July 1706, in St. James' Street Westm.;"
- Burke 1866, p. 317, right column, line 29: "His lordship [Edward Lee, 1st Earl] m. Lady Charlotte Fits-Roy, natural dau. of King CHARLES II., by Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland ..."
- Cokayne 1893, p. 75, line 19: "EDWARD HENRY LEE, styled Viscount Quarendon, 2d but 1st surv. s. and H. ap., b. at Windsor 6 June 1681, Col. of the Royal Reg. of Guards. He d.v.p. and unm. 1713."
- Burke 1866, p. 317, right column, line 35: "James, capt. R.N., m. Sarah, dau. of John Bagshaw, and d. in 1711, s.p."
- Burke 1866, p. 317, right column, line 37: "Charles, d. unm. 1708."
- Burke 1866, p. 317, right column, line 67: "The [2nd] earl d. 13 February 1742, and was s. by his eldest son GEORGE HENRY LEE, 3rd earl."
- Burke 1866, p. 317, right column, line 39: "Fitzroy Henry, vice-admiral R.N., d.s.p. 1720."
- Burke 1866, p. 317, right column, line 41: "Charlotte, m. to Benedict Calvert, Lord Baltimore."
- Burke 1866, p. 317, right column, line 42: "Anne, d. young."
- Burke 1866, p. 317, right column, line 43: "Elizabeth, m. 1st to Col. Lee 2ndly to Rev. Dr. Edward Young."
- Burke & Burke 1838, p. 89, right column, line 4: "The gentleman [George Browne] m. first, in 1725, Lady Barbara Lee, youngest daughter of Edward, first Earl of Lichfield and widow of Colonel Lee ..."
- Burke 1866, p. 317, right column, line 44: "Barbara, m. to Sir Charles Browne, Bart. of Kiddington."
- "Lee, Hon. Robert (1706–76), of Charlbury, Oxon., History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
- Betham 1801, p. 318, line 35: "Catherine [Stonhouse] was married in May 1745, to the hon. Robert Lee, afterwards Earl of Lichfield: she died his widow, March 8, 1784."
- Cokayne 1893, p. 76, line 6: "He m. 29 May 1745, at St. Paul's Cathedral London, Catherine, da. of Sir John STONEHOUSE, Bart., of Radley ..."
- Burke 1949, p. 1911, right column, line : "Catherine Stonhouse, b. 25 May, 1708, m. 29 May, 1745, Robert Lee, Earl of Lichfield, and d. 8 March 1784. He d.s.p. 4 Nov. 1776."
- Burke 1866, p. 317, right column, line 72: "... but as he d.s.p. in 1772, the honours reverted to his uncle, ROBERT LEE as 4th earl ..."
- Cokayne 1893, p. 76, line 8: "He d. s.p. at Ditchley, 4 Nov. 1776, aged 71 ..."
- "The Scots Magazine". Edinburgh: Sands, Brymer, Murray and Cochran. 1776. p. 622.
His death was occasioned by a fall he received from his horse the Friday preceding, as he was hunting near Ditchley.
- Betham, Rev. William (1801), The Baronetage of England: Or The History of the English Baronets, and Such Baronets of Scotland, as are of English Families; with Genealogical Tables, and Engravings of Their Coats of Arms, 1, London: William Miller
- Burke, John; Burke, John Bernard (1838), A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, London: Scott, Webster and Geary
- Burke, Bernard (1866), A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire (New ed.), London: Harrison
- Burke, Bernard (1949), A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (99th ed.), London: Burke's Peerage Ltd.
- Cokayne, George Edward (1893), The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant, 5 (1st ed.), London: George Bell and Sons – L to M (for Lichfield)
|Parliament of Great Britain|
The Viscount Wenman
| Member of Parliament for Oxford
With: Thomas Rowney to 1759
Sir Thomas Stapleton, Bt 1759–1768
Hon. William Harcourt
|Peerage of England|
| Earl of Lichfield