Lord John Townshend

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The Right Honourable
Lord John Townshend
PC
Portrait of Lord John Townshend.jpg
Portrait of Lord John Townshend by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Joint Paymaster of the Forces
In office
1806–1807
Monarch George III
Prime Minister The Lord Grenville
Preceded by George Rose
and Lord Charles Somerset
Succeeded by Charles Long
and Lord Charles Somerset
Personal details
Born 19 January 1757 (1757-01-19)
Died 23 February 1833 (1833-02-24)
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Georgiana Poyntz (d. 1851)

Lord John Townshend PC (19 January 1757 – 23 February 1833), styled The Honourable John Townshend until 1787, was a British Whig politician.

Background[edit]

Townshend was the second son of Field Marshal George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, by his first wife Charlotte Compton, 15th Baroness Ferrers of Chartley. George Townshend, 2nd Marquess Townshend, was his elder brother and Charles Townshend his uncle. He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge.[1]

Political career[edit]

Townshend was elected to the House of Commons for Cambridge University in 1780, a seat he held until 1784, and later represented Westminster from 1788 to 1790 and Knaresborough from 1793 to 1818. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1806 and served under Lord Grenville as Paymaster of the Forces (alongside Lord Temple) between 1806 and 1807.

Family[edit]

Georgiana Lady Townsend

Townshend married in 1787 Georgiana Anne Fawkener, daughter of William Poyntz, and the divorced wife of William Fawkener. Their elder son Charles Fox Townshend was the founder of the Eton Society but died young. Their younger son John became an Admiral in the Royal Navy and succeeded his first cousin in the marquessate in 1855. Their daughter Elizabeth Frances Townshend ((2 August 1789 – 10 April 1862 Nice)) married 20 October 1813 Captain Augustus Clifford R.N., later Sir Augustus Clifford, 1st Bt (1788-1877), illegitimate son of the 5th Duke of Devonshire and his mistress, Lady Elizabeth Foster, née Hervey, later the Duke's second wife (1811).[2] Mrs Clifford became Lady Clifford in 1838 when her husband was raised to a baronetcy. Townshend died in February 1833, aged 76. Lady Georgiana Anne died in 1851.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Townshend, The Hon. John (TWNT773J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Clifford was born before his half-brother William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire and outlived him by a decade.

References[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Croftes
James Mansfield
Member of Parliament for Cambridge University
with James Mansfield

1780–1784
Succeeded by
Hon. William Pitt the Younger
Earl of Euston
Preceded by
Samuel Hood
Hon. Charles James Fox
Member of Parliament for Westminster
with Charles James Fox

1788–1790
Succeeded by
Hon. Charles James Fox
Samuel Hood
Preceded by
Viscount Duncannon
James Hare
Member of Parliament for Knaresborough
with James Hare

1793–1800
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Knaresborough
with James Hare 1801–1804
William Cavendish 1804–1805
Viscount Duncannon 1805–1806
Viscount Ossulston 1806–1818

1801–1818
Succeeded by
George Tierney
Sir James Mackintosh
Political offices
Preceded by
George Rose
Lord Charles Somerset
Paymaster of the Forces
with Earl Temple

1806–1807
Succeeded by
Charles Long
Lord Charles Somerset