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Sir Christopher Lowther

Sir Christopher Lowther

Male 1606 - 1644  (38 years)

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  • Name Christopher Lowther 
    Prefix Sir 
    Born 1606  Lowther, Westmorland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Apr 1644  Wighill, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1507  Brooksbank
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2010 

    Father Sir John Lowther,   b. 1582,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Eleanor Fleming,   b. 1583,   d. 1659  (Age 76 years) 
    Family ID F609  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse Frances Lancaster, Lady Lowther,   b. Abt 1610, Stockbridge Hall, Westmorland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1646, Lamplugh, Cumberland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Married Bef 20 Nov 1642 
    Children 
     1. Frances Lowther,   b. 1640, Stockbridge, Westmorland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1664, Penrith, Cumberland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Sir Christopher Lowther, Sheriff of Cumberland, 1st Bart of Whitehaven (d 09.1644)

      The parish register of Lamplugh has this burial entry:
      6 January 1646/7
      The Lady Frances Lowther, the wife of John Lamplugh, Esq., died the 4th of Januarie betwixt 3 and foure of the clocke in the morning.
      John Lamplugh of Lamplugh Hall, Lord of the Manor of Lamplugh, no doubt outraged by this insult to the name of Lamplugh, made sure that his next and third wife had the name his second should have used - his cousin Frances, daughter of Thomas Lamplugh of Ribton!
      This is an example of a woman called by her previously married name (Frances was daughter of Christopher Lancaster of Sockbridge and former wife of Sir Christopher Lowther of Whitehaven. It shows that women sometimes thought they were entitled to use the "best" name they had had (whether by birth or by prior marriage).
      There was another very practical reason, other than status, for her to make that choice. Her husband, John Lamplugh, had 'raised a regiment' for the King, fought at Marston Moor, been wounded and captured and, at the time of her death, was at the rock bottom of his fortunes. Carrying the name Lowther rather than Lamplugh might have been a wise political move.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1936] IGI i1507.