Francis Osborne, 1st Baron Godolphin

Francis Osborne, 1st Baron Godolphin

Francis Godolphin Osborne, 1st Baron Godolphin (18 October 1777 – 15 February 1850) was a British politician, known as Lord Francis Osborne from 1789-1832.

Osborne was the second son of Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds and his wife, Amelia. From 1801-31, he was a Member of Parliament (with a brief interruption from 1806-10) and was created Baron Godolphin, of Farnham Royal in the County of Buckingham in 1832. On 31 March 1800, he had married The Hon. Elizabeth Eden (the third daughter of the 1st Baron Auckland) and they had five children:

* The Hon. George Godolphin Osborne (1802-1872); later 2nd Baron Godolphin, 8th Duke of Leeds from 1859 to 1872
* The Hon. William Godolphin Osborne (1804-1888)
* The Hon. Sydney Godolphin Osborne (1808-1889); became a religious minister
* The Hon. D'Arcy Godolphin Osborne (1814-1846)
* The Hon. Charlotte Godolphin Osborne (d. 1838); married Sir Theodore Broadhead, 1st Baronet, becoming Lady Broadhead.

The 8th Duke's surviving siblings, William and Sydney, were granted the rank of a younger son of a duke in 1859, becoming Lord William Osborne and Lord Sydney Osborne respectively. This is because their father, Lord Godolphin, would have inherited the dukedom had he not died in 1850; nine years prior to the death of the 7th Duke of Leeds.

On Lord Godolphin's death in 1850, his title of Baron Godolphin passed to his eldest son, George, who became the 2nd Baron Godolphin. George later inherited the dukedom of Leeds from his cousin in 1859.


* [ Burke's Peerage & Gentry, 107th edition]

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