Cholmondeley, Hugh (d.1724) (DNB00)

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CHOLMONDELEY, HUGH, first Earl of Cholmondeley (d. 1724), eldest son of Robert Cholmondeley, viscount Cholmondeley of Kells, and Elizabeth, daughter and coheiress of George Cradock of Caverswall Castle, Staffordshire, succeeded his father in May 1681. Having joined against the arbitrary measures of James II, he was, on the secession of William and Mary, created Lord Cholmondeley of Nantwich 18 April 1689, with limitation of the honour for want of heirs male to his brother, George Cholmondeley [q. v.] On 29 March 1706 he was sworn a privy councillor to Queen Anne, and on 27 Dec. advanced to the dignity of Viscount Malpas and Earl of Cholmondeley, with the like entail on his brother George. On 22 April 1708 he was constituted comptroller of her majesty’s household, and on 10 May following was sworn a member of the new privy council after the union of the kingdoms. On 6 Oct. of the same year he was appointed treasurer of her majesty's household. He was also constituted lord-lieutenant and custos rotulorum of Cheshire, and lord-lieutenant of North Wales. He was removed from these and other offices in 1713, but was restored to them on the accession of George I, by whom he was constituted treasurer of the household.

[Collins’s Peerage (ed. 1812), pp. 30–1; Lodge's Peerage of Ireland (Archdall), v. 66–7; Ormerod's Cheshire; Earwaker’s East Cheshire.]

T. F. H.