He was born in 1961, the youngest child and only son of Antony, Viscount Lambton, eldest son of John Lambton, 5th Earl of Durham. As part of the annual Houghton Feast, an ox was roasted, and a bonfire was lit at the top of Penshaw Hill (formerly part of the Lambton Estate) to mark his birth; he was later baptised by The Rt. Rev. Dr. Maurice Harland, the Bishop of Durham, in the church of St Barnabas, Burnmoor.
Upon his grandfather's death on 4 February 1970, Lambton's father succeeded as Earl of Durham but disclaimed that title on 23 February that same year. During this short period, Lambton was known by the courtesy title Viscount Lambton, but afterwards used the title Lord Durham to avoid confusion with his father, who improperly continued to style himself Viscount Lambton. He succeeded his father as 7th Earl of Durham in 2006.
Lord Durham has been married three times and divorced twice:
Ned Lambton and McEwen divorced in 1995. She has since married the musician Jools Holland.
On 19 October 1995, Lambton married Catherine FitzGerald, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, the daughter of Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin, and Olda Ann Willes. Their marriage did not produce any children and they divorced in 2002. She is now married to actor Dominic West.
In January 2011, Lambton married 28-year-old ex-model Marina Hanbury, who worked as a parliamentary assistant to Kate Hoey, M.P., until 2010. a daughter of Tim Hanbury, a website designer, and his fashion designer wife, Emma. One of Tim's ancestors founded the Truman, Hanbury, Buxton & Co brewery. Marina's sister Rose is married to David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. They have now had one child:
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