John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland

John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland KG PC (1 June 1759 – 15 December 1841) was a British Tory politician of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, who served in most of the cabinets of the period, primarily as Lord Privy Seal.

On 20 May 1782, Westmorland married Sarah Anne Child ((28 August 1764 -9 November 1793), the only daughter and heiress of wealthy banker, Robert Child, at Gretna Green against her father's wishes. Child consequently cut his daughter and her sons and their descendants out of his will, and made his daughter's daughters his heirs to prevent the Fanes from benefitting from this elopement. Their eldest daughter, Lady Sarah Sophia Fane (1785-1867), made testamentary heiress of her maternal grandfather, married George Child-Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey; her husband assumed the additional surname of Child. Their other children were a son and three other daughters. Sarah however died relatively young in 1793 at the age of twenty-nine.

He married secondly Jane Saunders (also known as Jane Huck-Saunders) in 1800. After some years of marriage, they later separated and she lived at Brympton d'Evercy. By his second wife, he had issue three sons and two daughters, of whom only the eldest child Lady Georgiana Fane outlived both parents.


By his first wife (who died 1793), he was father of:
# John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland (3 February 1784-16 October 1869), who succeeded his father.
# Lady Sarah Sophia Fane (4 March 1785- 26 January 1867) who married in 1804 the Earl of Jersey and became heiress to the Child fortune. [Lady Sarah Fane [ ] ]
# Lady Augusta Fane (1786-1871, who married firstly in 1804 (divorced 1809) Lord Boringdon, later Earl of Morley, and in 1809 Arthur Paget (1771-1840), a younger brother of the Marquess of Anglesey.
# Lady Maria Fane (1787-1834) who married 1805 Viscount Duncannon, later 4th Earl of Bessborough [Lady Maria Fane. [] ] ; their sixth son Spencer Ponsonby-Fane inherited Brympton d'Evercy from his half-aunt Lady Georgiana.
# Lady Charlotte Fane 1793-1822), died unmarried.

By his second wife, he was father of:
# Lady (Cicely Jane) Georgina Fane, (25 January 1801-1875), died unmarried.
# Hon. Charles Saunders John Fane, (1802-1810)
# Hon. Col. Henry Sutton Fane, b. 1804-1857), died unmarried.
# Hon. Montagu Augustus Villiers Fane, (1805-1857), died unmarried.
# Lady Evelina Fane, (1807-1808)


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