Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom GCB PC
(December 12 1837
–November 19 1898
), was a British Conservative
Lathom was the son of Hon. Richard Bootle-Wilbraham, MP, eldest son of Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Baron Skelmersdale
. He succeeded his grandfather as 2nd Baron Skelmersdale in 1853 and took his seat in the House of Lords
on his 21st birthday in 1858. He served in the Conservative
administrations of Benjamin Disraeli
as a Government Whip from 1866 to 1868, and then as Conservative Chief Whip
in the Lords, serving in that capacity as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
from 1874 to 1880. He was admitted to the Privy Council
in 1874 and in 1880 he was created Earl of Lathom
. Lord Lathom later held office under Lord Salisbury
as Lord Chamberlain of the Household
from 1885 to 1886, from 1886 to 1892 and from 1895 to 1898.
Lord Lathom married Lady Alice Villiers, daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon
, on 16 August 1860
. They had nine children:
- Edward George Bootle-Wilbraham, 2nd Earl of Lathom (1864-1910), married 1889 to Lady Wilma Pleydell-Bouverie, daughter of William Pleydell-Bouverie, 5th Earl of Radnor.
- Hon. Villiers Richard Bootle-Wilbraham, born abt. 1867, married 1900 to Violet Inez de Romero
- Hon. Randle Arthur Bootle-Wilbraham, born abt. 1868
- Hon. Reginald Francis Bootle-Wilbraham, born abt. 1875, married 1903 to Lilian Mary Holt, daughter of Maj. William Lyster Holt
- Lady Alice Maud Bootle-Wilbraham, O.B.E.
- Lady Constance Adela Bootle-Wilbraham, married Onorato Caetani, Duke of Sermoneta
- Lady Bertha Mabel Bootle-Wilbraham, married 1903 to Maj. Arthur Frederick Dawkins, son of Clinton G. A. Dawkins, and has issue
- Lady Edith C. Bootle-Wilbraham
- Lady Florence Mary Bootle-Wilbraham (d. 1944), married Rt. Rev. Lord Rupert Gascoyne-Cecil, Bishop of Exeter, son of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury and had issue.