George Dodington, 1st Baron Melcombe

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George Bubb at a young age

George Bubb Dodington, 1st Baron Melcombe PC (1691 – 28 July 1762) was an English politician and nobleman.

Caricature of George Bubb Dodington and Sir Thomas Robinson

Christened simply George Bubb, he acquired the surname Dodington around the time his uncle George Dodington died in 1720 and left him his estate. Enormously rich, he became a friend of Frederick, Prince of Wales, who took advantage of their acquaintance to obtain loans that helped clear his debts, and, on being thrown out of St James's Palace by his father, King George II, moved into a London house belonging to Dodington. Dodington is said to have been involved in a spy-ring, collecting valuable information about Jacobite activities. In 1761, following the accession of Frederick's son to the throne as George III, he was created Baron Melcombe.

His diary, published posthumously in 1784 by Henry Penruddocke Wyndham, is a valuable historical source.

He is depicted in William Hogarth's 1761 engraving Five Orders of Periwigs.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Bristow
George Dodington
Member of Parliament for Winchelsea
1715–1722
With: Robert Bristow
Succeeded by
Robert Bristow
Thomas Townshend
Preceded by
Thomas Palmer
William Pitt
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater
1722–1754
With: Thomas Palmer 1722–1727, 1731–1735
Sir Halswell Tynte, Bt 1727–1731
Sir Charles Wyndham, Bt 1735–1741
Vere Poulett 1741–1747
Peregrine Poulett 1747–1753
Robert Balch 1753–1754
Succeeded by
Robert Balch
The Earl of Egmont
Preceded by
Sir James Thornhill
Edward Tucker
Thomas Pearse
George Dodington
Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis
1734–1735
With: Edward Tucker
Thomas Pearse
George Dodington
Succeeded by
Edward Tucker
Thomas Pearse
George Dodington
John Tucker
Preceded by
Sir John Ramsden, Bt
Walter Plumer
Member of Parliament for Appleby
1741
With: Sir John Ramsden, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir John Ramsden, Bt
Sir Charles Wyndham, Bt
Preceded by
Welbore Ellis
George Dodington
Edward Hungate Beaghan
Lord George Cavendish
Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis
1754–1761
With: Welbore Ellis
Lord John Cavendish
John Tucker
Succeeded by
John Tucker
Sir Francis Dashwood, Bt
John Olmius
Richard Glover
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Lord Bingley
British Ambassador to Spain
1715-1717
Succeeded by
John Chetwynd
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir John Rushout, Bt
Treasurer of the Navy
1744–1749
Succeeded by
Henry Bilson-Legge
Preceded by
George Grenville
Treasurer of the Navy
1756
Succeeded by
George Grenville
Honorary titles
Preceded by
George Dodington
Lord Lieutenant of Somerset
1720–1744
Succeeded by
The Earl Poulett
Vice-Admiral of Somerset
1720–1762
Vacant
Title next held by
The Earl of Egmont
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Melcombe
1761–1762
Extinct