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Henry Liddell, 1st Baron Ravensworth (1708 – 30 January 1784) succeeded to the Baronetcy of Ravensworth Castle, and to the family estates and mining interests, at the age of fifteen, on the death of his grandfather in 1723. He was created 1st Baron Ravensworth on 29 June 1747.

He went to Peterhouse, Cambridgemarker in 1725, and took the Grand Tour in the early 1730s.

He was Member of Parliament for Morpeth 1734–1747.

He was a founder member of the 'Grand Allies' partnership created in 1726 by a group of wealthy land and colliery owners to cooperate in the further development of coal mining in Northumberlandmarker and County Durham. Their early investments included collieries at Gosforthmarker, Heatonmarker, New Benton, Tanfieldmarker, South Causey, North Biddick and Longbentonmarker.

His seat was Ravensworth Castlemarker, Lamesley, Co. Durham and his London address from 1735 was 13, St James's Square.

Liddell married Anne Delme in 1735 and they had one daughter. He was succeeded in the Baronetcy by his nephew Henry. The Barony was extinct on his death, but was later recreated in 1821 for his great nephew Thomas


  1. William C. Lowe, ‘Liddell, Henry, first Baron Ravensworth (bap. 1708, d. 1784)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 26 Aug 2008


  • Northumberland Record Office: Records of North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineering

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