William Henry Lambton
He was the son of Major-General John Lambton, who preceded him as the MP for Durham and the brother of Ralph John Lambton, who was also an MP for Durham. Lambton was educated at Wandsworth (1773-78), Eton School (1778-82) and Trinity College, Cambridge in 1782.
He inherited the estates of his father in 1794 and engaged the Italian architect Joseph Bonomi the Elder (1739-1808) to build a new house in neo-classical style on the site of Harraton Hall, north of the River Wear. The new house would be called Lambton Hall and the original Lambton Hall on the south side of the river demolished. However illness would prevent him from seeing the scheme finished.
He died of consumption on 30 November 1797, and was buried in the old English cemetery in Livorno, Italy. In 1791, Lambton had married Anne Barbara Frances Villiers, the daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Jersey. Their eldest son, John George inherited at the aged of 5 and was later made Earl of Durham . He would finalise the building of Lambton Hall, now expanded in scope and renamed Lambton Castle.
- See 'Harmony and brotherly love: musicians and Freemasonry in 18th-century Durham City' by Simon Fleming in The Musical Times, 2008 (Autumn), 69–80
- Burkes Peerage (1939 edition), s.v. Durham.
- William Jerdan, National Portrait Gallery of Illustrious and Eminent Personages, 1833
|Parliament of Great Britain|
Major General John Lambton
| Member of Parliament for Durham
With: John Tempest 1787–1794
Sir Henry Vane-Tempest 1794–1797
Ralph John Lambton
Sir Henry Vane-Tempest