John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland

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His Grace
The Duke of Rutland
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John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland, by Charles Jervis, 1725, Belvoir Castle
Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire
In office
Monarch George IV
Preceded by The Duke of Rutland
Succeeded by The Duke of Rutland
Personal details
Born 21 October 1696
Died 29 May 1779
Nationality British
Political party Whigs
Spouse(s) Bridget Sutton

John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland KG PC (21 October 1696 – 29 May 1779) was an English nobleman, the eldest son of John Manners, 2nd Duke of Rutland and Catherine Russell. Styled Marquess of Granby from 1711, he succeeded to the title in 1721, cutting short a brief career in the House of Commons, where he had represented Rutland as a Whig.

He held a variety of government and court positions including Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire 1721–1779, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1727–1736, Lord Steward of the Household 1755–1761, and Master of the Horse 1761–1766.

In 1717 he married Bridget Sutton, the 17-year-old heiress of Robert Sutton, 2nd Baron Lexinton. They had eleven children, most of whom died young:

  • Lady Catherine Rachel Manners (b. 1718), died young
  • Lady Caroline Manners (b. spring 1719), died young
  • Lady Frances and Lady Bridget Manners (d. 30 December 1719), twins
  • John Manners, Marquess of Granby (1721–1770)
  • Lord Robert Manners-Sutton (1722–1762)
  • Lord George Manners-Sutton (1723–1783)
  • Lord William Manners (29 July 1724 – 11 March 1730)
  • Lady Leonora Manners (d. June 1740)
  • Lady Frances Manners (c. 1726 – 3 February 1739)
  • Lord Frederick Manners (b. 17 February 1728)

In 1722 he became a Knight of the Order of the Garter and in 1727 was sworn of the Privy Council. He supported the creation of London's Foundling Hospital and was one of its founding governors when it received its royal charter in 1739.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Lord Finch
John Noel
Member of Parliament for Rutland
with Lord Finch

Succeeded by
Lord Finch
Sir Thomas Mackworth, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Lechmere
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Succeeded by
The Earl of Cholmondeley
Preceded by
The Duke of Marlborough
Lord Steward
Succeeded by
The Earl Talbot
Preceded by
The Earl of Huntingdon
Master of the Horse
Succeeded by
The Earl of Hertford
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Rutland
Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire
Succeeded by
The Duke of Rutland
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Manners
Duke of Rutland
Succeeded by
Charles Manners