LOWTHER, James William, 1st Viscount Ullswater

1855 - 1949

James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater

Born on 1 April 1855, son of Hon. William Lowther, MP for Westmorland, and his wife Alice, 3rd daughter of Baron Wensleydale. Educated at Eton, King's College, London and at Trinity College, Cambridge and called to the bar in 1879. Elected Member for Rutland in 1883 and Member for Penrith 1905-1921 being elected Speaker of the House of Commons in 1905 until his retirement in 1921, when created 1st Viscount Ullswater of Campsey Ash in Suffolk. In 1882 he purchased the High House Estate at Campsey Ash and lived there until his death on 27 March 1949. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club from 1932 until his death and exhibited three watercolours from Campsey Ash in 1932 'Porto Pi Mallorca', 'Gables Farm' and 'Cala Mayor Mallorca', in 1933 three further pictures two entitled 'Isle of Wight' and 'Campsey Ash' and in 1935 he had on show 'Ashe Green Farm' and 'Parham Old Hall' and was a regular exhibitor showing in 1941 four works 'Iken Cliff', 'Cosford Bridge, Kersey', 'Bath' and 'Campsea Ashe' and in 1942 'Loweswater' and 'February 1942'. He married on 1 March 1886, Mary Frances Beresford Hope and had two sons and one daughter. His eldest son was Christopher William Lowther (1887-1935) and James was succeeded as 2nd Viscount by his great-grandson Arthur James Beresford Lowther(1888-1967). In 1955 the Campsey Ashe estate and the contents of High House were sold by auction, the lands ploughed for crops and High House demolished.