Robert Lawley, 1st Baron Wenlock

Robert Lawley, 1st Baron Wenlock (1768 – 10 April 1834) was a British landowner and politician, the eldest son of Sir Robert Lawley, 5th Baronet and Jane Thompson.

Lawley attended the military school at Brienne, France, at the time Napoleon Bonaparte was there.[1]

His seat was Canwell Hall, Staffordshire and he served as High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1797.

He married Anna Maria Denison (d. 1850), daughter of the banker Joseph Denison, but had no children. In 1825 he befriended John Hollins and they journeyed to Italy together.[2]

He was raised to the peerage as Baron Wenlock, of Wenlock in the County of Salop in 1831.[3]

He died in Florence.[4]


  1. J. H. Settle, Anecdotes of Soldiers in Peace and War (London: Methuen, no date), p. 82
  2. Obituary, John Hollins, Gentleman's Magazine, 1855, p539, accessed May 2009
  3. The London Gazette: no. 18846. p. 1834. 9 September 1831.
  4. Wright, Nathalia; Horatio Greenough (December 1976). "Letters of Horatio Greenough to Robert Weir". The New England Quarterly. 49 (4): 499–520. doi:10.2307/364731. JSTOR 364731.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Egerton
Edward Bootle-Wilbraham
Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme
With: Edward Bootle-Wilbraham
Succeeded by
Edward Bootle-Wilbraham
James Macdonald
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New title Baron Wenlock
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Robert Lawley
(of Spoonhill)
Succeeded by
Francis Lawley

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