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Wilbraham Tollemache, 6th Earl of Dysart was a younger son of Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl of Dysart. He originally served in the Royal Navy, and then in the British Army, retiring in 1775 as a major in the 6th Regiment of Foot. He first entered the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Northampton in 1771. On 4 February 1773, he married Anna Maria Lewis, but had no children. He continued to sit for Northampton until 1780, and then represented Liskeard until 1784. He was High Sheriff of Cheshire in 1785, and later High Steward of Ipswich, like his elder brother.
He inherited the earldom and the accompanying estates from his childless elder brother, Lionel, at the age of sixty in 1799. One of his first acts was to purchase the Manor of Canbury from George Hardinge, bringing the area back into the family.
Tollemache was a patron of the arts with Reynolds, Constable and Gainsborough. Before purchasing the Manor of Canbury, he lived in Ham House, the family home, until 1804. He carries out a program of improvements at Ham House, including the creation of the Yellow Satin Bedroom, demolishing part of the northern wall and opening the view of the house to the river.

Weight: 284oz, (8,832g)

Date:  1811
Period:  1750-1850, 19th century
Origin:  London, England
Medium: silver
Signature: Maker’s Mark of Paul Storr
The arms of Tollemache 6th Earl of Dysart

Dimensions: 52 cm (20¹/₂ inches)
Categories: Silver