George Cornewall

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Sir George Cornewall, 2nd Baronet (8 November 1748 – 26 August 1819)[1] was a British politician, soldier and baronet.

Background[edit]

Born George Amyand, he was the older son of Sir George Amyand, 1st Baronet and his wife Anna Maria Korteen, daughter of John Abraham Korteen.[2] In 1766, he succeeded his father as baronet.[2] Cornewall was educated at Eton College and then at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in 1769.[3] Four years later he received a Doctorate of Civil Law by the University of Oxford.[4] In 1771, he assumed by royal licence the surname Cornewall in lieu of his patronym,[5] to inherit from his father-in-law.

Career[edit]

He entered the British House of Commons in 1774, sitting for Herefordshire until 1796.[6] He represented the constituency again in the Parliament of the United Kingdom between 1802 and 1807.[6] Cornwall served in the Herefordshire Militia and became its colonel in 1805.[4] He was owner of a plantage in Grenada and let build Moccas Court, the family's later residence.[7] He inherited Mouse Castle, Cusop but exchanged it.[8]

Family[edit]

On 18 July 1771, he married Catherine Cornewall, daughter of Velters Cornewall,[3] and had by her two sons and six daughters.[2] Cornewall died in 1819 and was buried at his seat.[4] He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his older son George.[2] His fourth daughter Frances Elizabeth was married to Henry Devereux, 14th Viscount Hereford, his fifth daughter Harriet to Thomas Frankland Lewis and his youngest daughter Caroline to Sir William Duff-Gordon, 2nd Baronet.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment – Baronetage". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. II (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 478. 
  3. ^ a b Sir Lewis Namier, John Brooke, ed. (2002). The House of Commons, 1754–1790. vol. I. London: Secker & Warburg. pp. 253–254. 
  4. ^ a b c "ThePeerage – Sir George Cornewall, 2nd Bt". Retrieved 18 February 2007. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 11162. p. 1. 16 July 1771. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment – British House of Commons, Herefordshire". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Moccas Court, Official Website – History". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  8. ^ Revd Charles John Robinson (1869). A history of the castles of Herefordshire and their lords. Longman and co. pp. 40–41. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Foley
Thomas Foley
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
17741796
With: Thomas Foley 1774–1776
Thomas Harley 1776–1796
Succeeded by
Robert Biddulph
Thomas Harley
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Biddulph
Thomas Harley
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
18021807
With: Sir John Geers Cotterell 1802–1803
John Matthews 1803–1806
Sir John Geers Cotterell 1806–1807
Succeeded by
Sir John Geers Cotterell
Thomas Foley
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Amyand
Baronet
(of Moccas Court)
1766–1819
Succeeded by
George Cornewall