George Agar-Ellis, 1st Baron Dover
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Dover
PC, FRS, FSA
|First Commissioner of Woods
2 December 1830 – 7 February 1830
|Prime Minister||The Earl Grey|
|Preceded by||Viscount Lowther|
|Succeeded by||Viscount Duncannon|
|Born||14 January 1797|
|Died||10 July 1833|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Georgiana Howard
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
George James Welbore Agar-Ellis, 1st Baron Dover PC FRS FSA (14 January 1797 – 10 July 1833) was a British politician and man of letters. He was briefly First Commissioner of Woods and Forests under Lord Grey between 1830 and 1831.
Background and education
Agar-Ellis was the only son of Henry Agar-Ellis, 2nd Viscount Clifden, and Lady Caroline, daughter of George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of both the Society of Antiquaries and Royal Society in 1816.
Agar-Ellis was returned to Parliament for Heytesbury in 1818, a seat he held until 1820. He afterwards represented Seaford between 1820 and 1826, Ludgershall between 1826 and 1830 and Okehampton between 1830 and 1831. He supported George Canning's motion in 1822 for a bill to relieve the disabilities of Roman Catholic peers, and consistently supported liberal principles. He took little interest in party politics but was a strong advocate of state support for the causes of literature and the fine arts.
In 1824 Agar-Ellis was the leading promoter of the grant of £57,000 for the purchase of John Julius Angerstein's collection of pictures, which formed the foundation of the National Gallery. On the formation of Lord Grey's Whig administration in November 1830, he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed First Commissioner of Woods and Forests. However, he was forced to resign after two months due to bad health.
In June 1831, during his father's lifetime, Agar-Ellis was raised to the peerage as Baron Dover, of Dover in the County of Kent. He was president of the Royal Society of Literature in 1832, a trustee of the British Museum and of the National Gallery, and a commissioner of public records.
Lord Dover married Lady Georgiana Howard, daughter of George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle, in 1822. They had two sons, who became respectively the 3rd Viscount and 5th Viscount, and two daughters. He died on 10 July 1833, aged only 36, predeceasing his father by three years. Lady Dover died in March 1860.
Lord Dover's works were chiefly historical, and include:
- The True History of the Iron Mask, extracted from Documents in The French Archives (1826)
- Inquiries respecting the Character of Clarendon (1827)
- a Life of Frederick II. (1831)
He also edited the Ellis Correspondence (1829) and Walpole's Letters to Sir Horace Mann (1833).
- thepeerage.com George James Welbore Agar-Ellis, 1st Baron Dover
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Hertford to Honiton
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Salisbury to Shaftesbury
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: London University to Lymington
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Ochil to Oxford University
- The London Gazette: . 23 November 1830.
- The London Gazette: . 3 December 1830.
- The London Gazette: . 17 June 1831.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Dover, George James Welbore Agar-Ellis, Baron". Encyclopædia Britannica 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 452–453.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Mr George Agar-Ellis
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Heytesbury
With: William Henry John Scott
Edward Henry A'Court
Charles Ashe A'Court
|Member of Parliament for Seaford
With: Charles Ellis
Augustus Frederick Ellis
The Earl of Brecknock
|Member of Parliament for Ludgershall
With: Edward Thomas Foley
Edward Thomas Foley
Sir Sandford Graham, Bt
Sir Compton Domvile, Bt
|Member of Parliament for Okehampton
With: Lord Seymour
William Henry Trant
John Thomas Hope
|First Commissioner of Woods and Forests
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Baron Dover