John Savile, 1st Earl of Mexborough

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The 1st Earl of Mexborough, with his wife and son.

John Savile, 1st Earl of Mexborough (December 1719 – 17 February 1778), known as The Lord Pollington between 1753 and 1766, was an English peer and Member of Parliament.

Savile was the eldest son of Charles Savile of Methley (1676–1741). He entered Parliament in 1747 as member for Hedon in East Yorkshire, and subsequently also represented New Shoreham. In 1749 he was appointed a Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath. In November 1753 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Pollington, of Longford in the County of Longford; however, this title was created in the Peerage of Ireland, meaning that it did not disqualify him from remaining an MP. In February 1766 he was created Viscount Pollington, of Ferns in the County of Wexford, and Earl of Mexborough, of Lifford in the County of Donegal, in the Irish peerage.

Mexborough was a friend and patron of the playwright and actor-manager Samuel Foote; it was while on a visit to Mexborough in 1766 that Foote lost a leg in a riding accident.

He married Sarah Delaval (d. 1821) in 1760, and they had three sons:


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Anson
Luke Robinson
Member of Parliament for Hedon
With: Luke Robinson
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Saunders
Peter Denis
Preceded by
Sir William Peere Williams, Bt
The Viscount Midleton
Member of Parliament for New Shoreham
With: The Viscount Midleton 1761-65
Samuel Cornish 1765-68
Succeeded by
Peregrine Cust
Samuel Cornish
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Mexborough
1766 – 1778
Succeeded by
John Savile
Baron Pollington
1753 – 1778