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John Cust, 1st Earl Brownlow, GCH (19 August 1779 – 15 September 1853) was a British Peer and Tory politician.

Cust was the eldest son of the 1st Baron Brownlow and his second wife, Frances. In 1802, he was elected as MP for Clitheroe and held the seat until he succeeded to his father's title in 1807. From 1809-52, he was Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and was created Earl Brownlow in 1815 and awarded the GCH in 1834.

On 24 July 1810, Lord Brownlow married Sophia Hume (the second daughter and coheiress of Sir Abraham Hume, Bt.) and they had three children:

Brownlow's wife died in 1814, and on 22 September 1818, he married Caroline Fludyer daughter of George Fludyer of Ayston, Rutland (and a granddaughter of Sir Samuel Fludyer, Bt.). Brownlow and Caroline had three daughters:

  • Lady Caroline Mary Cust (1819-1898)
  • Lady Amelia Cust (1820/21-?)
  • Lady Katherine Anne Cust (1822-1885)

Caroline died in 1824 and Brownlow then married Lady Emma Sophia Edgcumbe (a daughter of the 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe). Lord Brownlow did have not any children with his third wife. As his [1]eldest son had predeceased him in 1851, on his own death in 1853, his titles passed his grandson, John William Spencer Egerton Cust.


  1. ^ Brownlow archives. Belton House records. Handwritten letter from Amelia Cust to her sister Sophia dated 25 October 1844. Last Will and Testament of Lady Amelia Cust.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Curzon
Lord Edward Cavendish-Bentinck
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
With: Robert Curzon
Succeeded by
Robert Curzon
James Gordon
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven
Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
Succeeded by
Marquess of Granby
Title last held by
The Earl Castleton
Vice-Admiral of Lincolnshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Yarborough
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New title Earl Brownlow
Succeeded by
John Egerton-Cust
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Brownlow Cust
Baron Brownlow
Succeeded by
John Egerton-Cust


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