Wilbraham Tollemache, 6th Earl of Dysart

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Wilbraham Tollemache
Born (1739-10-21)21 October 1739
Died 19 March 1821(1821-03-19) (aged 81)
Title 6th Earl of Dysart
Baronet of Helmingham Hall
Known for MP for Northampton & Liskeard
High Sheriff of Cheshire & High Steward of Ipswich
Nationality English

Wilbraham Tollemache, 6th Earl of Dysart FRS (21 October 1739 – 9 March 1821), known from 1739 to 1799 as Hon. Wilbraham Tollemache, was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1771 to 1784.

Anna Maria Tollemache (Joshua Reynolds, 1773-1774)

Tollemache was a younger son of Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl of Dysart. He originally served in the Royal Navy, and then in the British Army, retiring in 1775 as a major in the 6th Regiment of Foot. He first entered the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Northampton in 1771. On 4 February 1773, he married Anna Maria Lewis, but had no children. He continued to sit for Northampton until 1780, and then represented Liskeard until 1784. He was High Sheriff of Cheshire in 1785, and later High Steward of Ipswich, like his elder brother.[1]

He inherited the earldom and the accompanying estates from his childless elder brother, Lionel, at the age of sixty in 1799. One of his first acts was to purchase the manor of Canbury from George Hardinge, bringing the area back into the family. Wilbraham carried out a program of improvements at Ham House, including the creation of the Yellow Satin Bedroom, demolishing part of the northern wall and opening the view of the house to the river, relocating the busts of Roman Emperors to niches in the house wall, creating the ha-has and the addition of the Coade stone statues. Wilbraham was a collector of art and was an early patron of John Constable.[2] Tollemache was also a patron of Reynolds and Gainsborough.[citation needed]

Dysart died without children. All five sons of the 4th Earl were dead, and there were no grandsons. The Tollemache baronetcy therefore became extinct, while the Earldom of Dysart passed to his sister Louisa. The estates were divided between Louisa and younger sister, Lady Jane, with Jane receiving Helmingham, Suffolk, Cheshire and Northants, whilst Louisa inherited Ham House and the surrounding estates in Ham, Petersham and Canbury. Both families took the name of Tollemache.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Harwood, H. W. Forsyth; Murray, Keith W. (1906). Paul, James Balfour, ed. Murray, Earl of Dysart. The Scots Peerage. III. Edinburgh: David Douglas. pp. 411–412.
  2. ^ a b Pritchard, Evelyn (2007). Ham House and its owners through five centuries 1610-2006. Richmond Local History Society. pp. 43–46. ISBN 9781955071727.

This article incorporates text from The Scots Peerage (1904-1914), a publication now in the public domain.

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir George Brydges Rodney
Thomas Howe
Member of Parliament for Northampton
with Sir George Brydges Rodney 1771–1774
Sir George Robinson, Bt 1774–1780

Succeeded by
Viscount Althorp
George Rodney
Preceded by
Samuel Salt
Edward Gibbon
Member of Parliament for Liskeard
with Samuel Salt

Succeeded by
Edward James Eliot
John Eliot
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Thomas Willis
High Sheriff of Cheshire
Succeeded by
Henry Cornwall Legh
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Lionel Tollemache
Earl of Dysart
Succeeded by
Louisa Tollemache
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Lionel Tollemache
(of Helmingham)

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