Robert Cholmondeley, 1st Earl of Leinster

Robert Cholmondeley, 1st Earl of Leinster

Robert Cholmondeley, 1st Earl of Leinster (26 June 15848 October 1659) was an English Royalist and supporter of Charles I during the English Civil War.

Robert Cholmondeley (pronounced "Chumley") was born in Crouchend, Highgate, Middlesex 26 June 1584, the son of Sir Hugh Cholmondeley of Cholmondeley and Mary Holford (daughter of Christopher Holford of Holford). He was created a Baronet on 29 June 1611. He was Sheriff of Cheshire between 1620 and 1621 and served as MP for Cheshire in 1625. He was created Viscount Cholmondeley of Kells (Ireland) in 1628 and Baron Cholmondeley of Wich Malbank (i.e. Nantwich in Cheshire) on 1 September 1645. On 5 March 1646 he was created Earl of Leinster in Ireland.

He was married to Catherine Stanhope (daughter of John Stanhope, Lord of Harrington and sister of Charles Stanhope Lord Stanhope of Harrington). He died at Cholmondeley on 8 October 1659 and was buried at Malpas. He had no surviving legitimate issue so the family estates passed to his nephew, Robert Cholmondeley, son of his brother Hugh. His titles expired at his death.

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