James Grenville, 1st Baron Glastonbury
Grenville was the eldest son of James Grenville MP (12 February 1715 – 14 September 1783) and a first cousin of George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.
The Grenvilles were the most prominent aristocratic family in the south-eastern English county of Buckinghamshire in the 18th and early 19th centuries. For much of this time they supplied one of the two parliamentary representatives of Buckinghamshire and both of those from the town of Buckingham. The family produced some prominent national political figures, including two Prime Ministers (George Grenville and William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville). They were also related to William Pitt the Elder and William Pitt the Younger.
Grenville served as Member of Parliament for the Yorkshire borough of Thirsk 1766-1768. He sat for his family borough of Buckingham 1770-1790. He then represented the county seat of Buckinghamshire 1790-1797.
As a politician he generally followed his family connection up to 1801 and after 1806, but between those years he continued to support William Pitt the Younger instead of becoming closer to Charles James Fox as most of his politically active Grenville relatives did.
He held junior ministerial office as a Lord of the Treasury March 1782-March 1783. William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne offered to make Grenville Chancellor of the Exchequer or Secretary at War, but he declined these appointments. He was sworn of the Privy Council on 26 December 1783. He was a member of the Board of Trade from 1784 until his death.
On 20 October 1797 he was created Baron Glastonbury. Lord Glastonbury never married and the title became extinct on his death in 1825. He left his estate to Thomas Grenville, with a remainder to the Reverend George Neville of Windsor.
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|Parliament of Great Britain|
Sir Thomas Frankland, Bt
|Member of Parliament for Thirsk
1765 – 1768
With: Sir Thomas Frankland, Bt
Sir Thomas Frankland, Bt
|Member of Parliament for Buckingham
1770 – 1790
With: Henry Grenville 1770–1774
Richard Grenville 1774–1780
Richard Aldworth-Neville 1780–1782
William Wyndham Grenville 1782–1784
Charles Edmund Nugent 1784–1790
George Nugent 1790
Sir Alexander Hood
The Earl Verney
|Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
1790 – 1797
With: The Earl Verney 1790–1791
Marquess of Titchfield 1791–1797
Marquess of Titchfield
|Peerage of Great Britain|
|New creation||Baron Glastonbury