LOWTHER, James (1753-1837), of Aikton, Cumb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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7 Dec. 1775 - 1812
1812 - 1818

Family and Education

b. 23 Feb. 1753, 2nd s. of Rev. Henry Lowther of Aikton by Dorothy, da. of William Tatham of Overhall, Lancs.  m. Mary Forsyth, (?) illegit. da. of Sir William Codrington, 2nd Bt., 4s. 5da.

Offices Held

Equerry to the Duke of Gloucester 1782-90.


Lowther, like the rest of Sir James Lowther’s Members, followed his patron’s politics; voted with Opposition till the fall of North; for Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, and against Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783. He at first supported Pitt’s Administration, but like the other Lowther Members voted with Opposition on the Regency, 1788-9. There is no record of his having spoken in the House.

Lowther seems to have been more intimately connected with Sir James than other members of the family, and remained his faithful henchman while others sought independence elsewhere or were dropped.  He died in 1837 at Caen.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond