Sir Danvers Osborn, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Danvers Osborn, Bt
Danvers Osborn (1715-1753), by Christian Friedrich Zincke.jpg
Danvers Osborn (1715-1753) (Christian Friedrich Zincke)
Colonial Governor of the Province of New York
In office
Preceded by George Clinton
Succeeded by James DeLancey
Personal details
Born 17 November 1715
Shefford, England
Died 12 October 1753
New York City, Province of New York
Profession Governor

Sir Danvers Osborne, 3rd Baronet (17 November 1715 – 12 October 1753) was colonial governor of New York province briefly in 1753. Details of his demise appeared in the New York Post giving details of the last week of his life.

Early life[edit]

Osborne was born on 17 November 1715, at Chicksands village (Shefford, Bedfordshire, England), which was the seat of the Osborn family. His father was John Osborn, eldest son of Sir John Osborne, 2nd Baronet (see Osborn Baronets). Of the previous four generations of paternal relatives, two grandmothers (Lady Doroty Danvers and Lady Eleanor Danvers) had belonged to the Danvers lineage. Osborne's mother was Sarah Byng. Her father was George Byng, the 1st Viscount Torrington, whereas her brother was the Admiral John Byng. Both Byng relatives were prominent figures against the Jacobite rising. In 1720 he succeeded his grandfather in the baronetcy.

Osborne was married to Lady Mary Montagu, on 25 September 1740. She was of the 8th generation of Henry VIII's lineage. Her father was George Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, whereas her brother George Montagu-Dunk became the 2nd Earl. Osborne begot two children, of whom one was named George. However, in 1743, Lady Montagu died after delivering the second child whereas Osborne was quite affected by this for the rest of his life. During the subsequent years, Danvers Osborne was a guest, often, at the Montagu-Dunk's manor of Horton (Northamptonshire).

Political career[edit]

When Charles Edward Stuart rebelled in 1745 (Rebellion of 1745) in behalf of the House of Stuart, Osborne raised troops to support the King George II, commanding such forces into battle, within Colonel Bedford's regiment, under the Duke of Cumberland.

Subsequently, Osborne represented Bedfordshire as a Member of Parliament (1747–1753). In 1750, following the 2nd Earl of Halifax, who was presiding the Board of Trade and founding the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Danvers Osborne travelled to Nova Scotia for six weeks, integrating into the Nova Scotia Council (August). Therein, many issues were attended by Danvers Osborne, like the supplies of the new settlers, the remuneration of the construction workers of the royal projects, and the regulation of the local trade, which was functioning then on Sundays despite the biblical precepts. Indeed, attending so many local matters, Osborne became very esteemed by the settlers. Back in England, in December, he was discussing the issues of Halifax, with the official functionaries of trade and plantation.

In May 1753, the Board of Trade recommended that Danvers Osborne should be the next Royal Governor of the Province of New York. In July, his appointment was approved. After his arrival on 6 October Osborne was welcomed officially by the mayor and the assemblymen of New York, and formally assumed his office on 10 October. His personal secretary was the Englishman Thomas Pownall.


However, on 12 October 1753, the dead body of Osborne was found in the garden of the house, in which he was lodged and which belonged to a local councilman. The cadaver presented evidences of strangulation. James De Lancey, the lieutenant governor who took over as acting governor on Osborne's death, reported to the Board of Trade that Osborne had had a melancholic demeanor, which evidenced a great psychological disorder. Historically, such instability of Osborne, which would have provoked a suicide, is attributed to the grief of his lost wife.

Initially, the remains of Osborne were interred at the Trinity Church of New York but, in 1754, they were brought back to Osborne's native parish of England (Chicksands).

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Government offices
Preceded by
George Clinton
Governor of the Province of New York
Succeeded by
James DeLancey
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Roger Burgoyne, Bt
Sir John Chester, Bt
Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
with Thomas Alston
Succeeded by
Thomas Alston
The Earl of Upper Ossory
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Osborne
(of Chicksands)
Succeeded by
George Osborn