Edward Onslow

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Edward Onslow FRS (9 April 1758 – 18 October 1829) was a British aristocrat, the younger son of George Onslow, 1st Earl of Onslow. In 1781, Onslow was involved in a homosexual scandal, and was forced to resign his seat in Parliament (by accepting the Stewardship of East Hendred) and flee to France.[1]

Onslow was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, matriculating in 1774. He briefly sat as Member of Parliament for Aldborough in 1780 and was elected the same year as a fellow of the Royal Society.[2]

On 7 March 1783, he married Marie Rosalie de Bourdeilles de Brantôme (d. 1842); one of their sons was George Onslow, the classical composer. Marie was possessed of a considerable dowry, and Onslow spent the rest of his life as a country gentleman in France.


  1. ^ Sadie, Stanley (1980). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians v. 13. Macmillan. p. 543. ISBN 9780333231111. Retrieved 27 November 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Library and Archive catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 6 March 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Richard Sutton, Bt
Charles Mellish
Member of Parliament for Aldborough
With: Charles Mellish
Succeeded by
Charles Mellish
Sir Samuel Brudenell Fludyer, Bt