Lord Frederick Leighton
Person Male Born 3/12/1830 Died 25/1/1896
Knighted in 1878. Made Baron Leighton on 24 January 1896 and died the next day, with no son to catch the barony, making his the shortest peerage ever recorded.
He oversaw the construction of Leighton House in Holland Park, which he moved into in 1866, although it functioned more as a museum, art gallery and display space for his talents than a private house. Here he lived alone, very privately, with a small, plain bedroom and there is no firm evidence of any romantic attachments of any kind. It was there that he died. The house is open to the public and, restored in 2010, well worth a visit.