Colonel Theophilus Hastings, 7th Earl of Huntingdon

Theophilus Hastings was born on 10 Dec 1650, the son of Ferdinando Hastings the 6th Earl. His parents had been married for 27 years when he was born, so it is no surprise that he inherited the title at an early age. His father died on 13 Feb 1656 giving him the earldom at he age of 5. He was married twice, having eight children by Elizabeth Lewis before she died in 1688. With his second wife, Mary Fowler, he had a further seven children. He was at first anti-Catholic, so sympathised with Monmouth, but was later reconciled with James II who appointed him colonel of the regiment on 20 June 1685. On the accession of William of Orange he was removed from the colonelcy and replaced by his kinsman, Ferdinando. He held other titles; Custos Rotulorum of Leicestershire, Captain of the Gentleman Pensioners, Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire and of Leicestershire. He died on 30 May 1701.

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