James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale

James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale

Sir James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale (August 5 1736 – May 24 1802) was the son of Robert Lowther and Catherine Pennington.

He married Mary Crichton-Stuart, daughter of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute and Mary Wortley-Montagu, 1st Baroness Mount Stuart on 7 September 1761.

On 9 June 1792 he fought a duel with a Captain Cuthbert of the Guards, when the latter refused to let the former's carriage pass through Mount Street in London where some rioting had been taking place. The Earl asked him if he knew who he was which this led to an unpleasant exchange of words. Following which the Earl felt obliged to challenge the Captain to a duel the next morning. A pistol ball passed through the flap of Cuthbert's coat but after the exchange of fire both men were unhurt. The matter was concluded with a handshake.

He was variously known as "Wicked Jimmy", the "Bad Earl", the "Gloomy Earl" and "Jimmy Grasp-all" and he had a string of mistresses. He fell in love with the daughter of one of his tenants and made her his mistress keeping her in luxury. When she died he could not endure to have her buried and the body remained lying in bed until the increasing putrefaction became unbearable. He then had her body placed in a glass topped coffin that was placed in a cupboard. Eventually her body was buried in Paddington cemetery.

He accumulated debts to his solicitor, John Wordsworth, the father of William Wordsworth. Upon the elder Wordsworth's death in 1783, the Earl refused to pay the debts owed to Wordsworth's heirs. William Wordsworth was unable to recover the money until after the Earl's death in 1802, when his successor paid the full sum with added interest.

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