He was raised to the peerage in 1895, and died in London Jan.
A peerage was openly talked of as his due, while his own ambition pointed to some responsible office at home.
Her children he adopted as his own; and it was chiefly for her sake that he desired the peerage which was twice held out to him.
About the end of the year 1579 his wife died, leaving him one son, Archibald (who in 1627 was raised to the peerage by the title of Lord Napier), and one daughter, Jane.
But in 1756, when the government was evidently approaching its fall, an unexpected vacancy occurred in the chief justiceship of the king's bench, and he claimed the office, being at the same time raised to the peerage as Baron Mansfield.