Charles Wolfran Cornwall

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The Right Honourable
Charles Wolfran Cornwall
CharlesWolfranCornwall.jpg
Speaker of the British House of Commons
In office
1780–1789
Monarch George III
Preceded by Fletcher Norton
Succeeded by William Grenville

Charles Wolfran Cornwall (15 June 1735 – 2 January 1789) was a British politician.

In 1768, he was returned as MP for Grampound. He was created a Privy Councillor in 1780.

As Speaker of the British House of Commons, Cornwall achieved notoriety for keeping a large (and replenished) stock of porter beneath the Speaker's Chair, with which he would, frequently and without shame, succour himself when (as happened very often) the debates grew too boring for him. His portrait by Gainsborough shown here is one of the artist's few political portraits and is now in the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. It originally hung in the family seat, Moccas Court, Herefordshire, a lovely and once secluded 18th-century house redesigned by Anthony Keck in the 1770s including work by Adam. It overlooks the River Wye. It is now a luxury hotel, reception venue and conference centre.

He is buried in Holy Cross Church, Winchester with a monument by John Francis Moore.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dictionary of British Sculptors, 1660-1851, by Rupert Gunnis
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Merrick Burrell
Simon Fanshaw
Member for Grampound
1768–1774
With: Grey Cooper
Succeeded by
Sir Joseph Yorke
Richard Neville
Preceded by
Arnold Nesbitt
William Nedham
Member for Winchelsea
1774–1784
With: Arnold Nesbitt 1774–75
William Nedham 1775–80
John Nesbitt 1780–84
Succeeded by
John Nesbitt
William Nedham
Preceded by
William Dickinson
Thomas Onslow
Member for Rye
1784–1789
With: William Dickinson
Succeeded by
William Dickinson
Charles Long
Political offices
Preceded by
Fletcher Norton
Speaker of the House of Commons
1780–1789
Succeeded by
William Grenville
Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas, 2nd Lord Lyttelton
Justice in Eyre
north of the Trent

1780–1789
Succeeded by
The Viscount Falmouth