Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.
Lord Sefton William Philip Molyneux, 2nd Earl of Sefton
September 18 1772-November 20 1838
The Earl of Sefton is the first on the left
The only son of the 1st Earl of Sefton and a grandson of the Earl of Harrington, in 1792 he married Maria Craven, daughter of the 6th Baron Craven. She, Lady Molyneux was a patroness of Almack’s. His mother was one of the founding patronesses. They had ten children, four sons, six daughters. He became the Earl in 1795.
He was educated at Eton and Oxford. He was MP for Droitwich between 1816-1831 (The Earl of Sefton was an Irish peerage.) He was created Baron Sefton of Croxteth in 1831 and this was a Peerage of the United Kingdom and now he entered the House of Lords.
Sefton was a member of the Prince Regent’s set. He was a gambler and sportsman. He was the third Master of the Quorn (1800-1805) a famous hunt. He founded the Waterloo Cup for coursing at Altcar. Sefton leased the land at Aintree to the Waterloo Hotel which established the Aintree Racecourse, home of the Grand National Steeplechase.
In his set, he was known as Lord Dashalong and was a founder of the Four-in-Hand club which races their carriages through the streets of London. Another member was Lord Worcester, later the sixth Duke of Beaufort. Sefton was also the half-uncle of Maria Fitzherbert, the wife of the Prince Regent and it was Sefton and his countess who sponsored Maria in London society.