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Sir Matthew Lamb, 1st Baronet (1705 – 6 November 1768) was a British barrister and politician. He was the grandfather of Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.

Brocket Hall

Lamb was the son of Matthew Lamb, of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, and nephew of Peniston Lamb. His brother was Robert Lamb, bishop of Peterborough. He sat as Member of Parliament for Stockbridge between 1741 and 1747 and for Peterborough between 1747 and 1768. In 1755 he was created a Baronet, of Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire.

He married with Charlotte, daughter and heiress of Thomas Coke. He died in November 1768 and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Peniston, who was raised to the peerage as Viscount Melbourne in 1770. His daughter Charlotte married Henry Belasyse, 2nd Earl Fauconberg.



  • "Lamb, Matthew" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Humphrey Monoux
John Berkeley
Member of Parliament for Stockbridge
With: Charles Churchill
Succeeded by
Daniel Boone
William Chetwynd
Preceded by
Edward Wortley Montagu
Armstead Parker
Member of Parliament for Peterborough
With: Edward Wortley Montagu 1747–1761
Armstead Parker 1761–1768
Matthew Wyldbore 1768
Succeeded by
Matthew Wyldbore
Viscount Belasyse
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
new creation
(of Brocket Hall)
Succeeded by
Peniston Lamb