Sackville Tufton - 8th Earl of Thanet

Sackville Tufton

Born 1733
Died Apr 10, 1786 in Nice, France


8th Earl of Thanet
Lord Thanet


8th Earl of Thanet (Lord Thanet). Second son of Sackville Tufton (1688-1753), 7th Earl, and Mary Saville (1700-1751). Married (1767) to Mary Sackville (1746-1778), daughter of John Phillip Sackville and through her brother-in-law of John Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset. Father of the 9th, 10th and 11th Earls of Thanet. Tufton received his early education at Westminster School. He died in Nice on April 10, 1786.1

In 1753 he inherited his family lands in Kent, Sussex as well as the Clifford estates in Cumberland.2 Hereditary Sheriff of Westmorland. Sometime member of parliament. At some time he had a London house at Grosvenor Square.

  • 1. The Record of Old Westminsters.
  • 2. Toynbee, Paget (Ed.) (1903) The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Oxford: Fourth Earl of Oxford Vol. 3. P. 242

Life with Boswell: 

First mentions of Lord Thanet in Boswell's journals are on May 8 and 29, 1763. They met at Lord Eglinton's on both occasions.