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Charles Montagu (of Papplewick)

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Charles Montagu (died 1759), of Papplewick, Nottinghamshire. was a British landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1722 and 1759.

Early life

Montagu was the only son of Sir James Montagu, MP and judge, and his first wife Tufton Wray, daughter of Sir William Wray, 1st Baronet, of Ashby, Lincolnshire. He was admitted at Lincolns Inn on 9 June 1712.[1] In 1723 he succeeded to the estates of his father. He married after a settlement dated 10 April 1725, Ann Colladon, daughter of Sir Theodore Colladon of Chelsea, and sub-governess to the Princesses.[2]

Career

Montagu was returned as Member of Parliament for Westminster in 1722 as a government supporter. He did not stand in 1727. At the 1734 general election, Richard Eliot brought him in as MP for St Germans. He became a supporter of Frederick, Prince of Wales, who appointed him Auditor general of the Duchy of Cornwall in 1735, and auditor of the household to Prince of Wales in 1738. He did not vote on the Spanish convention in 1739 or the place bill in 1740, and withdrew on a motion to remove Walpole in February 1741. At the 1741 general election, he was returned as MP for Camelford by Thomas Pitt who acted as the Prince's election manager. Montagu always voted with the Prince's party. At the 1747 general election, called by the King to challenge the Prince's opposition, Pitt tried to put Montagu up for Okehampton, but his initial hopes of success were thwarted by strong opposition there.[2]

The Prince of Wales died in 1751 and Montagu lost both of the posts in his service. He was appointed instead auditor to the household of the Princess. At the 1754 general election he was returned unopposed as MP for Northampton on the interest of his cousin, George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax. Although considered to be a supporter of the Administration after 1754, he voted against the Address on 13 November 1755.[3]

Death and legacy

Montagu died on 29 May 1759. He had two sons and a daughter. His widow became well known in society and was an intimate friend of Mary, dowager-countess of Gower (the widow of John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower), and of Mary Delany, in whose published 'Correspondence' she frequently figures as 'my Mrs Montague', in order to distinguish her from the better known Elizabeth Montagu. Her London residence was in Hanover Square and she died on 31 May 1780.[4] Their son Frederick succeeded to Papplewick and built Papplewick Hall in around 1787.[5]

References

  1. ^ Admissions Register VOL 1 1420-1799. The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn. 1896.
  2. ^ a b "MONTAGU, Charles (aft.1695-1759), of Papplewick, Notts". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ "MONTAGU, Charles (d.1759), of Papplewick, Notts". History of Parliament Online (1754-1790). Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ Lee 1894.
  5. ^ The Great Houses of Nottinghamshire and the County Families, L Jacks, 1881

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLee, Sidney (1894). "Montagu, Frederick". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 38. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Archibald Hutcheson
John Cotton
Member of Parliament for Westminster
1722–1727
With: George Carpenter
Succeeded by
Charles Cavendish
William Clayton
Preceded by
Dudley Ryder
Richard Eliot
Member of Parliament for St Germans
17341741
With: The Lord Baltimore
Succeeded by
John Hynde Cotton
James Newsham
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Lyttelton
James Cholmondeley
Member of Parliament for Camelford
17411747
With: The Earl of Inchiquin
Succeeded by
The Earl of Londonderry
Samuel Martin
Preceded by
Hon. George Compton
George Montagu
Member of Parliament for Northampton
1754–1759
With: Hon. George Compton
Hon. Charles Compton
Richard Backwell
Succeeded by
Richard Backwell
Frederick Montagu
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