Charles Cornwallis, 4th Baron Cornwallis

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Portrait of Cornwallis (circa 1705-1715), by Sir Godfrey Kneller.

Charles Cornwallis, 4th Baron Cornwallis PC (1675 – 20 January 1721/22) was a British politician.


He was the son of Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis (c. 1655 – 1693) and Elizabeth Fox (c. 1654 – 1680/81). On 29 April 1693 he succeeded his father as Baron Cornwallis.

Political career[edit]

Between 1695 and 1698, he sat as Member of Parliament for Eye, as a Whig. He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk between 1698 and 1703, and the office of Joint Postmaster-General between 1715 and 1721. The last two years of his life, from 1721 to January 1721/22 he held the office of Paymaster of the Forces in the Cabinet of Walpole and Townshend.[1][2]


A grandson of Charles Cornwallis, 2nd Baron Cornwallis, he married Lady Charlotte Butler, daughter of Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Arran, on June 6, 1699.[1] They had 10 children:[3]

  • Charles
  • Stephen
  • Charlotte (1704 - ?)
  • John (1705 - 1768)
  • Richard (1708 - 1741)
  • Elizabeth (1709 - ?)
  • Mary (1711 - ?)
  • Edward and Frederick
  • Henry (1715 - ?)

He was the grandfather of Charles, William, and James Cornwallis; the great-grandfather of Charles Cornwallis; the 2nd great-grandfather of James Mann; the 3rd great-grandfather of Fiennes Cornwallis; the 4th great-grandfather of Fiennes Cornwallis, 1st Baron Cornwallis; the 5th great-grandfather of Wykeham Cornwallis, 2nd Baron Cornwallis; and the 6th great-grandfather of Fiennes Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis.




  • Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage 1 (107th ed.). Genealogical Books. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Poley
Thomas Davenant
Member of Parliament for Eye
With: Thomas Davenant 1690–1695
Sir Joseph Jekyll 1697–1710
Succeeded by
Sir Joseph Jekyll
Hon. Spencer Compton
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir John Evelyn, Bt
Sir Thomas Frankland, Bt
With: James Craggs the Elder
Succeeded by
Edward Harrison
Edward Carteret
Preceded by
Robert Walpole
Paymaster of the Forces
1721– 1722
Succeeded by
The Earl of Wilmington
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Cornwallis
Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk
Succeeded by
The Earl of Dysart
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Cornwallis
Baron Cornwallis
Succeeded by
Charles Cornwallis