- Adelbert Brownlow-Cust, 3rd Earl Brownlow
Brownlow was the second son of
John Hume Egerton, Viscount Alford, eldest son and heir apparent of John Cust, 1st Earl Brownlow. His mother was Lady Marianne Margaret Compton, daughter of Spencer Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton. His father died when he was seven years old. Brownlow was educated at Eton and served briefly in the Army. In 1866 he was elected to the House of Commons for North Shropshire. However, he was forced to resign his seat already the following year when he succeeded in the earldom of Brownlow on the death of his older brother, and entered the House of Lords.
Brownlow later held office under Lord Salisbury as
Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Boardfrom 1885 to 1886, as Paymaster-Generalfrom 1887 to 1889 and as Under-Secretary of State for Warfrom 1889 to 1892. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1887. Apart from his political career he was also Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshirefrom 1867 to 1921.
Lord Brownlow married Lady Adelaide Chetwynd-Talbot, daughter of
Henry Chetwynd-Talbot, 18th Earl of Shrewsbury, in 1868. They had no children. He died in March 1921, aged 75. On his death the earldom and viscountcy of Alford became extinct while he was succeeded in his barony and baronetcy by his second cousin, Adelbert Salisbury Cockayne Cust.
Brownlow was appointed
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order(GCVO) in the 1921 New Year Honours for his services as Lord-Lieutenant. [LondonGazette |issue=32178 |date=1 January 1921 |startpage=8|supp=yes ]
*Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). "Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage" (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
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