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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sons of Noblemen Series: William Claiborne

William Claiborne held prominent positions in the Virginia Colony, that is, Secretary of State, Commissioner of Parliament and Deputy-Governor. He was descended from the Cleburnes of Westmoreland in England. stoutly resisted the partisans of Baltimore when they sought to dispossess him of Kent Island. His brother married a daughter of Sir Richard Lowther, of Lowther of Westmoreland, and a member of that family is represented in the English peerage today by the Earls of Lonsdale.  Claiborne, a wealthy planter,  resided in Williamsburg. Source: William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. II, p. 234.

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